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Dave Pelland on October 21st, 2013

Connecticut honors American Revolution hero Thomas Knowlton  with a statue on the grounds of the state capitol. The statue, near the corner of Trinity Street and Capitol Avenue, honors Knowlton, a Massachusetts native whose family moved to Ashford, Connecticut, when he was a child. At the age of 15, Knowlton fought in the French and […]

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Dave Pelland on October 14th, 2013

A French nobleman who played key roles in supporting the Continental Army during the American Revolution is honored with a statue in Hartford. The Marquis de Lafayette memorial, at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Lafayette Street, stands on a traffic island across from the State Capitol building. The statue, dedicated in 1932, depicts Lafayette, […]

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Dave Pelland on October 7th, 2013

Hartford honors the victims of the city’s worst disaster with a memorial on the site of the 1944 circus fire. On July 6, 1944, a fire during a performance of the Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus claimed an estimated 168 lives and caused hundreds of injuries. Those lost and injured during the tragedy are […]

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Dave Pelland on July 28th, 2011

Connecticut employees killed or injured in workplace accidents are honored with a memorial in Hartford’s Bushnell Park. The Workers’ Memorial, in a small plaza along the west side of Trinity Street, was dedicated in 2010. A curved wall features a small bench, and an inscription on a medallion in the plaza bears a quote from […]

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Dave Pelland on July 5th, 2011

Connecticut honors Civil War veterans held in Confederate prisoner of war camps with a statue on the grounds of the state capitol.

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Dave Pelland on May 25th, 2011

American Revolution General Israel Putnam is honored with a statue in Hartford’s Bushnell Park. The Putnam statue, practically in the shadow of the state capitol building, was dedicated in 1874. The general is depicted, in uniform, cradling a sword in his left hand. Putnam is holding a three-cornered hat in his right hand. The monument’s […]

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Dave Pelland on May 20th, 2011

Samuel Colt is honored with a memorial statue in a park on the grounds of his former estate. The Samuel Colt monument, near the Wethersfield Avenue entrance to Colt Park, was commissioned by Colt’s wife Elizabeth and dedicated in 1906 to honor the industrialist. The monument depicts Colt at two stages in his life. The […]

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Dave Pelland on May 18th, 2011

Hartford’s Keney Memorial Clock Tower and the small park surrounding it were donated by the Keney brothers in the late 19th century to honor their mother. The tower, 130 feet tall, stands near the intersection of Albany Avenue with Main and Ely streets. The tower was dedicated in 1898 to honor Rebecca Turner Keney, the […]

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Dave Pelland on February 19th, 2010

A 1905 monument marks the former location of Hartford’s legendary Charter Oak tree. The Charter Oak, a noted landmark and symbol for Hartford and Connecticut, was supposedly the hiding place of the royal charter granting legitimacy to the colony of Connecticut. The monument, not far from where the Charter Oak stood,  is at the corner […]

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Dave Pelland on February 8th, 2010

Hartford honors a “typical volunteer soldier” of the Civil War with a monument near the site  where many regiments trained before heading south. The Griffin A. Stedman monument in the city’s Barry Square neighborhood stands on Campfield Avenue, which was named for the fields in which several of Connecticut’s volunteer infantry regiments trained. Stedman, a […]

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