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Aug 1, 2018

Part 1 - Henry 'Opukaha'ia

Two young native men. 

Henry Opukaha'ia, a native of Hawaii, who died in Cornwall, CT in 1818. Albert Afraid of Hawk, a Lakota Sioux native who died in Danbury in 1900. 

Nick Bellantoni was the archaeologist tasked with helping return the remains of each of these men to their homes and...


Aug 1, 2018

PART TWO: ALBERT AFRAID OF HAWK 

Two young men.

Henry Opukaha'ia, a native of Hawaii, who died in Cornwall, CT in 1818. Albert Afraid of Hawk, a Lakota Sioux native who died in Danbury in 1900. 

Nick Bellantoni was the archaeologist tasked with helping return the remains of each of these men to their homes and...


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Holdridge Primus

     In an unforgettable interview, historian Barbara Beeching describes the creation of a black middle class in Hartford – not in the twentieth century, but back in the 1800s. It's a tale full of insights and surprises – not the least of which is Beeching herself. 

     BONUS: For reasons that will become clear in...


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University of Connecticut Associate Professor Fiona...