Farming in Old Connecticut - (Hartford)

Posted on: 04/11/13


Historian Bruce Clouette will be guest speaker for the April 24 program of the East Windsor Historical Society. He will give an illustrated talk on the history of agriculture at the Warehouse Point Library, 107 Main St., at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Clouette earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Connecticut and is an architectural historian and industrial archaeologist. He has produced hundreds of cultural resource management products and written or contributed to several books on southern New England history. Among his writings are “Connecticut: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites,” “Connecticut's Historic Highway Bridges,” “Historic Highway Bridges of Rhode Island,” “Carriages and Clocks, Corsets and Locks: The Rise and Fall of an Industrial City, New Haven 1850-1950,” and “Where Water Meets Land: Movable Bridges in Connecticut.” He has also designed numerous museum exhibits, including the Connecticut state capitol's permanent exhibit on the history of the Connecticut General Assembly. In addition to his vast experience in documenting historic structures and properties of all types, Dr. Clouette is an expert in industrial and railroad history. “Connecticut, like the other New England states, emerged from a society that was based fundamentally on an agricultural economy.” Dr. Clouette says, “Family farms eventually began selling surpluses, and improvements in transportation and technology led to market-oriented selling. The story of how Yankee ingenuity influenced these changes is fascinating. Emigration, immigration and the growing ethnic diversity of the state are also part of the story of how working the land made us what we are today.” The talk will be accompanied by photographs of Connecticut farm scenes from the 19th and 20th centuries. For more information about the historical society, visit; to learn about Dr.Clouette’s studies, visit

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