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The Case of the Mysterious Connecticut Farm

The "History Detectives" Investigate Jewish Agricultural Communities at the Connecticut State Library

A production crew for the popular public television series History Detectives spent much of Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at the Connecticut State Library filming part of a segment for the show's sixth season. The segment involves a case in which "A resident of rural East Haddam, Connecticut owns an old home that he believes has a story to tell."Postcard of workers harvesting hay on an East Haddam Farm

The house was occupied by a number of different people from 1891 to 1906, and their names seem to suggest a Russian or Eastern European background. Many Eastern European Jews immigrated to America at this time because of the political situation in Russia. Could there be a connection? Watch the History Detectives episode for the answers. Check your local TV listings for information about broadcast times.

For the full story of the History Detectives' visit to the State Library, please see the article "History Detectives" Visit the State Library in the July 2008 edition of the CONNector, the Connecticut State Library newsletter.

To complement the episode, the Connecticut State Library has put together an online exhibit focusing on the history of Jewish farmers in Connecticut. It features images of Connecticut agricultural scenes from the late 1800s through the mid 1900s.

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