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Wholly Poli

Sylvester Z. Poli

Vaudeville theater magnate Sylvester Z. Poli had, by the time of his official retirement in 1928, opened over 20 theaters from Worcester, MA, to Washington, DC. But…

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Holy Poli

Poli's Wonderland Theatre in 1895

When Poli’s New Theatre opened on Church Street in November of 1905, it was touted as the best-appointed vaudeville theater in New England. …

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D is for Day

To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day this week, Daily Nutmeg is publishing a four-part series examining New Haven’s impact on World War II—and vice versa.

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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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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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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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Civil Disobedience

The corner of Edgewood Avenue and Garden Street near Amistad Academy Middle School has an extra green street sign. It identifies the spot as Constance B. Motley Corner, which rests…

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