Winter 2021-2022 In Their Own Words


VOLUME 20/NUMBER 1/Winter 2021-2022

IN THIS ISSUE: In Their Own Words
An Aspiring Gold Miner > A Pequot Son  >  A New Woman Artist  >  A Fugitive from Slavery >  A Self-Described Rogue  >  A Girl at Sea  >  A Patriot at War

On the coverConnecticut postcards, 1905 to 1909. According to the New York State Library, 1905 – 1915 was the Golden Age of Postcards, when hundreds of millions were printed, bought, collected or mailed. Before 1907, only the name and address were allowed on the back so that the message had to be written on the front, as shown in these examples.

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pg 9  Hog River Journal: In Their Own Words

pg 10  Letters, etc.

pg 13  From the State Historian: Two Tales of a City
By Walter W. Woodward

pg 14  Milton Avery, “So Close to Hartford”
An artist adopts a city.
By Erin Monroe

pg 20  Rediscovering William Grimes, the Runaway Slave
Finding my family in a fugitive slave narrative.
By Regina E. Mason

pg 26  Josiah Atkins: “Ye Enemy Are Upon Us”
By Mary Christ

pg 28  Edwin Ayer: “My Adventures in Mining and Exploring”
Getting to the gold fields was half the adventure.
By Tedd Levy

pg 34  William Apes, A Son of Colchester
By Phyllip Thomas

pg 37 Agnes Watson, A Tourist’s View
By Elizabeth J. Normen

pg 38  Noah Porter and the Spotted Fever Epidemic of 1808 – 1809
By Charles N. Leach

pg 40  Venture Smith: “Thanks for My Gold Rings”
By Elizabeth J. Normen

pg 42 Mary Rogers Williams: “We Shall Want to Do a Lot of Rambling”
By Eve M. Kahn

pg 44  P.T. Barnum Builds a City
Dreams for developing East Bridgeport.
By Bruce E. Hawley

pg 48  Site Lines: Counterfeiter William Stuart, Hero of His Own Story
By Morgan Bengel

pg 51  CT History for Kids: Maud Maxson Writes Home

pg 52   Spotlight: Events & News from Partner Organizations





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