For this issue, we decided to do something we haven’t done before in our nearly 20 years: take a look at people who weren’t from Connecticut but are somehow connected to our state history.
We have stories about people who came and stayed and others, such as President George Washington (page 40), Abolitionist Frederick Douglass (page 38), and Southern writer Grace King (page 20), who didn’t stay long but left a glimpse in the historical record of their brief time here and the people they met. One quick visitor was not a person at all: the Hindenburg in October 1936 (page 26).
We’ve covered stories about people who adopted our state, too. UConn’s Dr. Fiona Vernal brings us the story of the origins and early years of Hartford’s West Indian community and the importance of the city’s West Indian Social Club in making newcomers feel welcome and at home here (page 34). Greenwich Historical Society curator Maggie Dimock shares how Impressionist painter John Henry Twachtman found an artistic refuge in Greenwich, the subject of the historical society’s special exhibition Life and Art: The Greenwich Paintings of John Henry Twachtman opening this fall.