Ways We Communicate: Winter 2020 – 2021


VOLUME 19/NUMBER 1/Winter 2020 – 2021


Connecticut Explored

IN THIS ISSUE:  Making Waves on the Air   >  Advocating for Spelling Reform   >   Fab Fonts    >    Mark Twain’s Sticky Invention   >   Doughboy Art   >   The Medium and the Message

On the cover: Hiram Percy Maxim, c. 1920s. Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library. See story, page 44.

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pg 9  Hog River Journal: Our Readers Still Love Print—But Virtual is Good, Too
by Elizabeth J. Normen

pg 10  Letters, etc.

pg 13  From the State Historian: Women’s Letters Kept Family Connected
By Walter W. Woodward

14 Norman Ives and the Art of the Letter
A love of typefaces launches a career.
By Charles T. Clark

20 Communicating with the Spirits
Theodate Pope pursues the scientific study of life after death.
By Melanie Bourbeau

26 Mark Twain and the Phenomenon of Scrapbooks
Samuel Clemens took scrapbooking to a whole new level.
By Ellen Gruber Garvey

Pg 32  The “Cave Dweller’s Life”
The inscriptions Connecticut doughboys left behind in World War I.
By Christine Pittsley

35 Memories of Starting WHC-TV
The early days of community-access television.
By Muriel Fleischmann

Pg 40  Noah Webster: A Way With Wurds
Noah Webster was on a mission to change how Americans spell.
By Jennifer DiCola Matos

Pg 42 A Brief History of Connecticut Gay Media
By William J. Mann

Pg 44  Amateur Radio and the American Radio Relay League
By Grace Burchard

Pg 48  Site Lines: Coy Takes the Telephone to the Masses
By Elizabeth Holt

Pg 50  CT History for Kids: What’s Your Story?

Pg 51   Spotlight: Events & News from Partner Organizations

 2020 Connecticut Center for the Book Finalist in the “Spirit of Connecticut” category for Venture Smith’s Colonial Connecticut
2017 Bruce Fraser Friend of the Social Studies Award, Connecticut Council for the Social Studies
2014 Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit for African American Connecticut Explored
2010 Award of Merit, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
2005 Wilbur Cross Award, Humanities Program of the Year, Connecticut Humanities Council
2003 Jeffery S. Czopor Award, Hartford Preservation Alliance and Preservation Week Committee


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Editorial Board:
Dawn C. Adiletta, independent scholar
Stacey Close, Eastern Connecticut State University
Catherine Fields, Litchfield Historical Society
Joan Jacobs
Briann Greenfield, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Eugene Leach, Trinity College
Matthew Warshauer, Central Connecticut State University
Sally Whipple, Old State House
Walter Woodward, State Historian, University of Connecticut


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