200 years ago this June, Harriet Beecher Stowe was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. She would grow up to become the most famous American woman in the world. Her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), state historian Walt Woodward says, “is one of the few books that actually changed history.” Our summer issue celebrates Stowe and her history-changing novel, and more.


In this issue, you’ll read:

* “The Most Famous American.” The story of how Stowe was thronged by adoring crowds wherever she went on her European tour in 1853.

* “Women Who Changed the World.” Which other Connecticut women have fought to make Connecticut a better place?

* “Laboring in the Shade” and “I was a Pennsy Girl,” two stories about working Connecticut’s famous shade-grown tobacco

* “Where Mr. Twain and Mrs. Stowe Built Their Dream Houses,” a glimpse at the allure of Hartford’s Nook Farm neighborhood

* Connecticut’s black churches: “Fortresss of Faith, Agents of Change”

* Where you can find some of Connecticut’s best Civil War treasures

* “Making Connecticut,” and some of the game-changing moments in the Connecticut Historical Society’s new exhibition on 500 years of Connecticut history


PLUS, exhibitions, events, and museums you’ll want to visit this summer!


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Every issue, I learn something new that enriches my life and deepens my appreciation for our state. Each issue offers up a surprising aspect of Connecticut’s past that relates to life in Connecticut today. You can’t find these 100% authentic Connecticut stories anywhere else!


What’s up next? The fall issue marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with an issue that explores the myriad ways that Connecticans have responded to adversity. And next winter, we step outside our state borders to explore the contributions of “Connecticans Abroad.”


I invite you to join me by subscribing. Our readers are lifelong learners and avid “Connecticutophiles.” Readers have told us they value:

“The unique material presented in each issue! You just don’t find that anywhere else,” and “The human stories that have made our state what it is today.”


Begin your exploration of Connecticut history today. You’ll enjoy one good story after another!

Elizabeth Normen



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