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Garnet Poems
An Anthology of Connecticut Poetry Since 1776
Landmark collection illuminates the state through the work of its most prominent poets
Barone, Dennis, ed., foreword by Dick Allen

The Connecticut Prison Association and the Search for Reformatory Justice

How a groundbreaking advocacy organization has helped shape Connecticut’s criminal justice system since 1875
Bates, Gordon S.

The Long Journeys Home
The Repatriations of Henry ‘Opukaha‘ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk
The moving stories of two Indigenous men and their repatriations
Bellantoni, Nick

The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity
Trials from the New Haven Colony, 1639–1663
A vivid series of trials from America’s earliest days
Blue, Jon C.

Early Connecticut Silver, 1700–1840

The preeminent study of Connecticut’s silvercraft, back in print with a new introduction
Bohan, Peter and Philip Hammerslough. Introduction by Erin Eisenbarth.

The Connecticut River
A Photographic Journey into the Heart of New England
Breathtaking photographs of one of America’s most picturesque and historic rivers
Braden, Al

The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker
First full-length biography of a key figure in nineteenth-century American culture
Campbell, Susan

Connecticut’s Fife and Drum Tradition

The first full account of this beloved American music tradition
Clark, James

Rare Light
J. Alden Weir in Windham, Connecticut, 1882–1919
Chronicling the artist’s life in Connecticut’s “Quiet Corner”
Dawson, Anne E., Editor

The Old Leather Man
Historical Accounts of a Connecticut and New York Legend
Fascinating documentation of a mysterious figure
DeLuca, Dan W.

Post Roads & Iron Horses
Transportation in Connecticut from Colonial Times to the Age of Steam
The fascinating history of turnpikes, steamboats, canals, railroads, and trolleys in Connecticut
DeLuca, Richard

The Logbooks
Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory
Three long-neglected logbooks from Connecticut’s slave trade raise questions about memory and collective forgetting
Farrow, Anne

Birding in Connecticut

A comprehensive site guide to birding in Connecticut
Gallo, Frank

Dr. Mel’s Connecticut Climate Book

Connecticut’s unique climate and major weather events explained by the state’s best-known meteorologist
Goldstein, Mel

Hidden in Plain Sight
A Deep Traveler Explores Connecticut
The art of discovering cultural and natural treasures in everyday landscapes
Leff, David K.

Maple Sugaring
Keeping It Real in New England
The art and science of maple syrup, and stories from the people who make it
Leff, David K.

Becoming Tom Thumb
Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity
The definitive biography of an iconic American entertainer
Lehman, Eric D.

Homegrown Terror
Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London 
A new look at the quintessential traitor
Lehman, Eric D.

The Traprock Landscapes of New England
Environment, History, and Culture
Lavishly illustrated natural history of the distinctive lava highlands in the Connecticut Valley
LeTourneau, Peter M. and Robert Pagini

Giving Girls a Place of Their Own
A century of girls’ education in the history of an extraordinary school
Lisle, Laurie

Heroes for All Time
Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories
Compelling first-hand accounts of the war, lavishly illustrated with rare period photos
Longley, Dione and Buck Zaidel

The Listeners
U-boat Hunters During the Great War
An untold story of scientists and engineers who changed the course of World War I
Manstan, Roy R.

Along the Valley Line
The History of the Connecticut Valley Railroad
The first book on the history of the Connecticut Valley Railroad
Miller, Max R.

Crowbar Governor
The Life and Times of Morgan Gardner Bulkeley
First biography of one of Connecticut’s most colorful and notorious statesmen
Murphy, Kevin

Fly Fishing in Connecticut
A Guide for Beginners
Provides the essentials to launch a personal journey into the world of fly fishing
Murphy, Kevin

Water for Hartford
The Story of the Hartford Water Works and the Metropolitan District Commission
How three men brought clean water to Hartford, on a massive scale
Murphy, Kevin

African American Connecticut Explored

First book for a general readership to present an overview of the African American experience in Connecticut
Normen, Elizabeth J., Ed. with Katherine J. Harris, Stacey K. Close, and Wm. Frank Mitchell

Henry Austin
In Every Variety of Architectural Style
A colorful introduction to one of New England’s most productive and imaginative architects
O’Gorman, James F.

Ella Grasso
Connecticut's Pioneering Governor
Intimate portrait of Connecticut’s first female governor
Purmont, Jon E.

The British Raid on Essex
The Forgotten Battle of the War of 1812
The untold story of the burning of American privateers in Connecticut
Roberts, Jerry

Making Freedom
The Extraordinary Life of Venture Smith
The inspiring story of an 18th-century New England slave who emancipated himself
Saint, Chandler B. and George A. Krimsky

Music at Wesleyan
From Glee Club to Gamelan
A vividly illustrated, richly anecdotal account of over 150 years of music at Wesleyan University
Slobin, Mark

Under the Dark Sky
Life in the Thames River Basin
Photographs tell the story of contemporary rural life in eastern Connecticut and southern Massachusetts
Smith, Steven G., Foreword by Steve Grant

Welcome to Wesleyan
Campus Buildings
A photograph book of the Wesleyan campus, with historical notes
Starr, Leslie

Barns of Connecticut

A testament to the beauty of the central structure of the Connecticut farm
Starr, Markham

Gervase Wheeler
A British Architect in America, 1847–1860
The American career of an influential English architect
Tribert, Renée and James F. O’Gorman

Connecticut in the American Civil War
Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival
A riveting account of Connecticut’s involvement in the Civil War
Warshauer, Matthew

Inside Connecticut and the Civil War
Essays on One State’s Struggles
How a small state struggled, survived, and remains connected to its past
Warshauer, Matthew, editor

Connecticut Architecture
Stories of 100 Places
The first comprehensive illustrated history of Connecticut architecture
Wigren, Christopher; Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

Prudence Crandall’s Legacy
The Fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education
Compelling account of the abolitionist’s life, legal battles, and legacy
Williams, Donald E., Jr.

Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth
A Culture of Promise
A personal history of the groundbreaking children’s mental health facility
Wiseman, Richard J.

Stories in Stone
How Geology Influenced Connecticut History and Culture
Exploring the many facets of Connecticut’s unique geology
Zeilinga de Boer, Jelle

New Haven’s Sentinels
The Art and Science of East Rock and West Rock
The innovations in art and geology inspired by two classic Connecticut landmarks
Zeilinga de Boer, Jelle and John Wareham