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The Graduate

Yung Wing statue at Yale's Sterling Memorial Library

New Haven is a place where students from around the world come to learn, which is one reason the city is both the cultural and multicultural capital of Connecticut.

Of course, there was a time when…

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Raising Hale

Nathan Hale statue outside Yale's Connecticut Hall

On the morning of May 10, Fort Nathan Hale Park was abuzz with preparation ahead of its season-opening celebration a few days later. …

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Gown vs. Town

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1850s New Haven hosted two deadly clashes between Yale students and locals, and both times, the conflict was inflamed by a song. …

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Town vs. Gown

Each day inside Yale’s stately Old Campus, students, locals and tourists lounge, stroll and take photos. They come and go as they please, but few likely register the point that …

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House and Home

Grave of William and Sarah Winchester

For the fact that New Haven is one of the oldest cities in America, it doesn’t have many ghosts. There are colonial graveyards and old mansions galore, but its spectral population seems limited to…

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Arms’ Reach

Winchester Lofts

In the 1870s, an offshoot of New Haven’s Canal Street was renamed to honor the sprawling new factory that’d been built there. The complex was one of the biggest in the state, let alone the city, and by the late …

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Thick Skin

Leatherman

Between 1852 and 1889, a strange man dressed in a quilt of leather patches paced back and forth between the Connecticut River and the Hudson. He spoke broken English and fluent French. He refused meat on Fridays and…

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On a Mission

Henry ‘Ōpūkaha’ia

In the fall of 1809, Yale College student Edwin Dwight came upon a strange scene. At the main gate of Yale College stood a young man from a foreign land, crying. …

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Of This Land

The Connecticut State Seal has three planted grape vines on it, each one bearing a trio of purple bunches. …

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Criminal Records

Whitney Library, New Haven Museum

Numerous historians have asserted that, during its heady first decades starting in 1638, the colony of New Haven was the purest of all the Puritan theocracies established in the New World. …

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