Bartlebys unleashed: 'Citizen scriveners' answer maritime society's call

A guide created by the Custom House Maritime Museum in New London to help volunteers who are transcribing a 19th century whaler's journal the museum acquired last year. (Courtesy of the museum)

Dozens eager to help transcribe 19th century whaler's journal New London's Custom House Maritime Museum acquired last year.

Galbraith passes baton as Thames River Heritage Park Foundation board president

Then Groton City Mayor Marian Galbraith in her office Jan. 4, 2017. She is stepping down as president of the board of directors of the Thames River Heritage Park Foundation.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Marian Galbraith is stepping down as president of the board. Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Paul Whitescarver, former commanding officer of the Naval Submarine Base, was voted in Wednesday as interim president.

Mother and daughter bring Mohegan history to life in radio plays

Madeline Sayet and her mother, Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel, not pictured, have written a series of radio plays focusing on Mohegan Tribal history. (Submitted)

“Up and Down the River,” written by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel and daughter Madeline Sayet, is available now through Dec. 31 for free on HartBeat Ensemble’s website.

Historic News Fronts

The Day front page from Jan. 21, 1954: World's first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, launched at Electric Boat.
The Day front page from Feb. 7, 1978: Blizzard of '78 cripples region.
The Day front page from April 11, 1963: Sub Thresher vanishes in the Atlantic

Norwich Italians celebrate family at statue rededication

The image and name of Christopher Columbus is gone from the Italian Heritage Statue on Chelsea Parade, but the names of 400 Italians who migrated to Norwich in the 1890s to 1950s remain.

100-year-old Groton woman leaves legacy of wartime service and resistance

Liliane Coucke Smith's service as a wartime nurse during World War II, member of the Belgian resistance and organizer of refugee camps, was recognized on the U.S. Senate floor in September 2020.

Governor proclaims Wednesday as Nathaniel Palmer Day

Palmer, a 21-year-old Stonington native, was among the first people, and the first American, to spot Antarctica while on a sealing trip 200 years ago this week.

New London considers move away from Columbus Day

The City Council intends to take up a resolution changing Columbus Day in the city to Italian Heritage Day.

Mohegan Tribe brings home Fielding diaries, key to restoring native language

Historic manuscripts had been in possession of Cornell University since 2004.

This year's 'I voted' stickers a tribute to Connecticut suffragettes

The stickers featured the faces of Connecticut women who played crucial roles in the suffrage movement, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

In New London, houses of worship have long history of activism

These faith communities represent the diversity of the city and their volunteers support causes ranging from combating homelessness and food insecurity to assisting the formerly incarcerated with re-entry into community life.

Chronicling New London's era of upheaval

A yearlong research project at Connecticut College has produced a public history website called "Mapping Urban Renewal in New London: 1941-1975."

Ellis Ruley park in Norwich added to Connecticut Freedom Trail

The park on the homestead property of African American folk artist Ellis Walter Ruley was added to the Connecticut Freedom Trail on Thursday.

Navy releases hundreds of documents from investigation into sinking of Thresher

The Navy this week released hundreds of pages of previously undisclosed documents from the classified investigation into the worst submarine disaster in U.S. history.

New London moves to mark sites important in Black history

The city and New London Landmarks have developed a Black History Heritage Walking Tour.

Freedom fighter Douglass spoke in New London just before state banned slavery

On July 4, we will wave flags and hear speeches about the blessings of liberty on Independence Day. But for many men and women half a century after the Revolutionary War, freedom proved only an empty promise.

Symbol of pride exits in shame

Many New Londoners are celebrating the end of this story without knowing much about its beginning. A look back provides context.

Life and death in the great 1918 influenza pandemic

One hundred years ago, the deadliest health crisis in history killed an estimated 600 people in southeastern Connecticut.

Norwich's Dr. Patrick Cassidy House goes to tax foreclosure auction Saturday

The 1890 Dr. Patrick Cassidy House at 98 Washington St. will be sold at a tax foreclosure auction at noon Saturday.

Centuries-old murder case to be revisited in New London

In the coming months, members of the community will be researching the case of Hannah Ocuish and revisiting it through a series of events that will take participants to four key locations.

Then & Now

Then & Now: Then & Now: State and Bank Streets

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