Monthly Archives: June 2011

War of 1812: U.S. Army Discipline

I’ve been transcribing a book of orders for the Second Military District (Connecticut and Rhode Island) during the War of 1812, for the use of my students next year. Most of it is pretty dull stuff, but scattered through it … Continue reading

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That was then, this is then: Perfect bread

One of my “vintage cooking pamphlets” is really a small book (110 pages long) called “Easy Home Baking: Tested Recipes for Breads, Rolls, Cakes, Cookies, Pastries and Desserts,” published by Sands, Taylor & Wood Co. – the former name of … Continue reading

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Small towns in Connecticut

Recently I had occasion to research the history of the town of Hartland, Connecticut, and discovered that in 1930, its population was 296 – which made it only the second smallest town in the state (Union had 196 residents). That … Continue reading

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