We’re busting out this issue. We usually explore Connecticut’s history within our state borders but with this issue, we’re featuring stories of our state’s past exploits abroad. First up, our photo essay features early efforts to export Connecticut-made clocks, guns, sewing machines and more to Europe, Central and South America. Samuel Colt’s London factory, opened in 1851, may be the first overseas factory established by a 19th century U.S. manufacturer!


You’ll also read about the U.S.’s first black diplomat (from Connecticut, of course) appointed by President Grant and where he was stationed; about the Herbert Hoover protégé (and later a state senator) who helped bring food aid to Poland early in World War I; and you’ll join the Slater family as they sailed around the world on their Tiffany-decorated yacht in 1894–and more!


PLUS, you’ll read about exhibitions, events, and museums you’ll want to visit this winter!

SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER! From now until December 31, 2011, you’ll receive two bonus issues free when you subscribe—that’s 6 issues for the price of 4!

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Each issue of Connecticut Explored reveals something new about our state. Whether you’ve lived here your whole life, are new to the state, or now live elsewhere, you’ll deepen your appreciation of Connecticut’s unique and fascinating history. These Connecticut stories cannot be found anywhere else!
What’s up next? We’re celebrating our 10th Anniversary all year! The spring issue puts Connecticut “on the map,” with stories that explain our state boundaries, explore Native American’s historic approach to land use, quintessential town greens, where to find the best roadside food shacks–and more!
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Begin your exploration of Connecticut history today. You’ll enjoy one good story after another!

Elizabeth Normen



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