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High Five


A brief history of doo-wop in New Haven:

“The Five Satins. Ooooooh!” …

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Making a Name


There are other New Havens in the world, and at least one of them is even less new than ours.

In his seminal history Three Centuries of New Haven (1953), Rollin G. Osterweis writes that the reasoning behind our city’s …

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President’s Days


Many New Haveners have done great things, but few are more accomplished than 27th President of the United States and 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Howard Taft. …

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Local Rooting


As the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs prepare to battle for Super Bowl rings this Sunday, you might think New Haven doesn’t have a team to root for.

Let’s game it out. …

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The Note Book

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Researching family history for the publication of her parents’ love letters was interesting and fun, Hamden author Jill Snyder says. It was also healing. …

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Trials by Fire


Arson is among the most dangerous and destructive crimes. On Christmas Day 2019, an arsonist set fire to the historic Walter Camp house on Chapel Street, destroying its third floor and damaging the rest. Earlier that year, a fire set …

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Camp Ground


It’s hard to imagine the game of football without yard lines and fourth downs and organized teams of 11. But before New Havener Walter Camp, the sport was missing all of those elements and more. …

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Free at Last


At the end of Life of William Grimes, The Runaway Slave. Written by Himself., Grimes’s statement that “I have learned to read and write pretty well” is proven by the 30,000 words preceding it. Whereas most of the writing …

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Mark of the Beast


New Haven was a hockey town for 76 years…

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Treasured Maps


A photo essay. To view all the images, check out the email edition.

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To find 13th-century diagrams of Jerusalem, a map of unconquered Tenochtitlan, 16th-century Venetian and Arabic atlases and some of the first topographical renderings of …

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