From making ammunition for the Revolutionary War out of a King George statue to America’s first cookbook, It Happened in Connecticut looks at intriguing people and episodes from the history of the Nutmeg State.
Learn about the little-known witch trials that took place throughout Connecticut nearly fifty years before the infamous events in Salem. Follow the inspiring story of Thomas Gallaudet, the man who established the nation’s first school for the deaf in Hartford, which today operates as the American School for the Deaf. And discover the origins of the character Sherlock Holmes, originally played by Connecticut native, William Gillette.
Diana Ross McCain has written about Connecticut’s past for more than thirty-five years. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, and a master’s degree in library science She was on the staff of the Connecticut Historical Society for twenty-five years. A frequent contributor to Early American Life and Connecticut magazines and other publications, McCain wrote the award-winning publication To All on Equal Terms, the story of Connecticut’s official state heroine, Prudence Crandall. She is the author of Thy Children’s Children: A Historical Novel Based on the True Story of Five Generations of a New England Grassroots Dynasty, the Lyman family of Middlefield, Connecticut’s, Lyman Orchards. She lives in Durham, Connecticut.
“Thank you to Diana McCain for these twenty-five forays into the big house of Connecticut history. Her writing is clear and the episodes well chosen. Taken together, they prove that what I didn't know about my own state could fill a book.”