Connecticut History

Painting of the Charter Oak tree

The Charter Oak, 1857 painting by Charles deWolf Brownell (Wadsworth Atheneum)

Search the Library CatalogWebsites and Blogs

Connecticut History blog:  Offers “this day in Connecticut history” stories and interesting tidbits about Connecticut history.

Connecticut State Library:  search Digital Collections, the library catalog, or online databases, and learn about research in the History & Genealogy division or the State Archives.

Connecticut Heritage Gateway: Links to museums, lesson plans, and information about the state’s history, from the Connecticut Humanities Council.

Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame: Information about women reformers, artists, political leaders, scientists, and educators, from the early 1800s to the present. The site includes a curriculum guide and selected primary documents.

ConneCTkids: Very brief overview of state history for children:

Connecticut tribes: The Native Languages site page for Connecticut tribes gives brief information about the original Algonquian-speaking inhabitants of what is now Connecticut, and offers several related classroom activities:

Amistad: Seeking Freedom in Connecticut: A National Park Service site, highlighting fourteen Connecticut sites related to the 1839 Amistad case:


Primary Sources

Connecticut History Online (searchable database of digitized historical photographs and documents from the Connecticut Historical Society, Connecticut State Library, the Thomas Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut, and Mystic Seaport).

Colonial Connecticut records: The public records of the colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776.

Historical Hartford Courant: Access the Hartford Courant (1764-1922) database through your school or public library, or through iCONN.

Digital Collections at the Connecticut  State Library


Lesson Plans

Connecticut History on the Web: a useful collection of primary sources and lessons connecting Connecticut examples to different eras and themes in American history. Intended for high school students.

American Voices – Historical Scene Investigations: See “Connecticut” section for student investigations of Connecticut history, intended for elementary and middle school students.