History

Samuel Ballton in Union Army uniform, who became known as the 'Pickle King of Greenlawn.'
COURTESY TOWN OF HUNTINGTON

Saturday is Juneteenth. Long Islanders honored their own legacy during abolition with the recognition of Samuel Ballton, who fled slavery and was known as the “Pickle King of Greenlawn.”

Tiffany glass lampshades
Corrado Serra / New York Historical Society

Tiffany lampshades — made of leaded glass — are icons of American art. Louis Comfort Tiffany showed them to the public for the first time in the 1890s. It was always assumed Tiffany designed all his lamps. But it took a century to recognize the contributions of the women who designed many of them — thanks to some long-lost letters.

Lin-Manuel Miranda in "Hamilton," the musical.
Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press

It has been said, rather too often, that in the past year we have been living through history. But we live through history all the time, as long as we live at all — we don’t have much choice. Even the supposedly boring 1950s were history. We suffered the very real threat of nuclear war, and Senator Joe McCarthy’s attack on democracy, the Korean War, the polio epidemic and the arrival of rock and roll. It wasn’t dull, I can tell you. I was there.

Public School
Jessica Hill / AP

Native American history would be a mandatory part of public schools in Connecticut, if a bill introduced by State Senator Cathy Osten passes.

A historical depiction of the area where the Moodus Noises occurred.
Courtesy of the New England Historical Society

Some of the first European settlers in Connecticut heard mysterious rumblings that came from a small mountain in the town of East Haddam. Those sounds have inspired centuries of spooky tales about witches, ghosts, demons and a mysterious wizard. Davis Dunavin reports as part of the WSHU series Off the Path from New York to Boston.

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