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Alpha Male

The letter A “is the first letter of the Alphabet in most of the known languages of the earth… It is naturally the first letter, because it represents the first vocal sound naturally formed by the human organs; being the …

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Founding Mothers

The minister John Davenport and the merchant Theophilus Eaton are considered New Haven’s founding fathers, having led their flock to a shared new haven in 1638. But the men, women and children who…

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Iron Age

Urns outside New Haven Museum

Like a mountain piled with strata, a city as old as New Haven is layered with the remains of its past. Sometimes a layer lies in plain view but goes unnoticed by nearly everyone who passes by. …

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Passage of Rites

In the tale of New Haven’s history, much is made of those hardy English Puritans who arrived in 1638. Yet this city has been profoundly shaped by those who arrived later…

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Found in Translation

A young visitor to the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibition was trying to make sense of what he’d just been told: that he was looking at the very first written language in the world. Ever. …

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Town and City

The character of the New Haven Green, and therefore New Haven itself, owes much to Ithiel Town, by some accounts the city’s first professional architect. …

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Medical History

Bottles of penicillin, 1944

In March of 1942, Anne Miller lay dying at New Haven Hospital. …

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Rewinding

VideoLab on the Post Road in Orange is indeed a laboratory, where anachronistic yet sophisticated equipment is used to convert old media—mostly home movies—into new. But…

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Fast-Forwarding

Ron Davis is in what he calls the video conversion business, which means he’s really in the memory-saving business. …

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Forward March

Gerhard and Connors

On March 17, 1842, members of the Hibernian Provident Society gathered at eight o’clock in the morning on the southwest corner of Chapel and State Streets. …

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