Shaping Hartford Culture Through Three Generations Of Women

Emily Holcombe, Elizabeth Colt, and The Friends Of Twain

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The Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut
Photo:The Library of Congress Historic American Building Survey
Shaping Hartford Culture Through Three Generations of Women
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Shaping Hartford Culture Through Three Generations of Women
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Today, we’re going to delve into a bit of Connecticut History that you may not know, and later, the story of a group of determined women who saved and preserved Hartford’s Mark Twain House.  

We’ll also talk about how we talk about ourselves.  Charley Monagan, who just left Connecticut Magazine, wrote a piece called “Who We Are” in the latest issue.  It’s a look at Connecticut’s longstanding inferiority complex and how we brand ourselves.

But first, we want to welcome back Connecticut historian Bill Hosley He’ll be giving a lecture: Emily S.G. Holcombe: Champion of Connecticut State Pride and the Connecticut Historical Society on March 20 at 5:30PM.

And that’s where we start today. Who was Emily Holcombe?

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Cliff writes:

My wife asked this question to me when we first dated. Ive lived in CT for 27 years and I couldn't give her a good answer. Since she's from California, she's a Californian. There are New Yorkers, Texans, etc. All I could say was that someone from Boston called me a Nutmeger once and it just didn't take in my mind.

Seeing the problem, she took it upon herself to find a solution. Hers? Connecticuties. At least it's better than Nutmeger.

Sarah writes:

I'm so excited you're doing this show. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I'm a composition instructor at the University of Hartford and for a long time I've been very interested in writing from a sense of connection to place. I moved to CT recently from Cape Cod and immediately hoped to develop my own connection to place while sharing the process with my students. I decided to teach Connecticut by David M. Roth along with a new text called The Price of Civilization by Jeffrey Sachs which makes the argument for a mixed economy based on shared values. The class is a research writing class and students are required to write on some aspect of the CT economy or government-funded infrastructure that supports our economy. One student is writing on Pratt-Whitney, another on the tobacco industry, one on security in our schools, one on stem cell research and another on UCONN basketball. We've had some fantastic discussions. I think learning our history is essential to feeling a sense of purpose. We need guidance in developing our local and state economies for a more sustainable future, seeing where we came from helps us better see where we can go. Thanks for this program!!!

Matt writes:

You're punchy today, John! I'm liking this side of you.

I think Hartford is a lost cause. We need to focus all tourism on our shoreline. That's it. New Haven and New London are two diamonds in the rough.

Anne writes:

JAPANALIA – FACTORY ON ARBOR STREET AND SHOP IN HARTFORD. DAN AND EIKO BLOW HAVE BEEN DESIGNING AND SELLING BEAUTIFUL CASUAL CLOTHES AND ELEGANT FORMAL WEAR SINCE THE MID-EIGHTIES. SMALL BUSINESS – SMALLER SINCE THE ECONOMIC ‘CRISIS’ BUT WONDERFUL . THE SHOP IS ON SOUTH WHITNEY STREET IN HARTFORD.