Bridgeport at War

Auto-Ordnance Corporation

by William G. Menosky Tommy gun.  The name evokes different memories or thoughts in a cross section of people both in the United States and internationally.  Some may think of names that wrote the violent history of the twenties and thirties in this country: Capone, Floyd or ...

July 10, 2015

Bridgeport’s Better Breakfast Program

by Brittney Murphy When the United States entered World War II in 1941, the nation embraced for total mobilization. In addition to marshaling military resources, the federal government enlisted the cooperation of civilians, businesses, the media, and local governments to assist in the war effort. In ...

June 28, 2018

Civil War Studied

The Civil War is the single most significant event in US history, and the city of Bridgeport played a key role. The Bridgeport History Center offers a diverse range of materials to support the widest possible range of research on the Civil War and Bridgeport's involvement. ...

January 04, 2011
Last of the Civil War Veterans
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Last of the Civil War Veterans

Well into the 20th century, members of the Elias Howe Jr. local veterans chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic would meet to share their memories of the Civil War and make sure that the sacrifices of the soldiers killed in the war were ...

January 04, 2011
Strikes for the Eight-Hour Day in Summer 1915 Bridgeport
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Strikes for the Eight-Hour Day in Summer 1915 Bridgeport

by Cecelia Bucki, Professor of History, Fairfield University On Monday, August 16, 1915, one thousand women corset workers struck the Warner Corset Company, demanding the eight-hour day, elimination of fines and other work rules, and recognition of their union shop committee. “Chaos reigned in manufacturing circles,” declared ...

August 18, 2015
Viola Louise Smith Bridgeforth:   Making the Most From Extraordinary Times
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Viola Louise Smith Bridgeforth: Making the Most From Extraordinary Times

By Mary K. Witkowski, Editor: Ann Marie Virzi In her 99 years on earth, Viola Bridgeforth, born in 1897, lived through many if not most of the profound changes that African-Americans and women in general experienced in the 20th century. Through all the changes, Viola Bridgeforth ...

World War II Ration Books
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World War II Ration Books

Think times are tough now? Imagine what it was like during World War II, when rationing meant you couldn't always buy the goods you wanted. Many of the commodities we take for granted today were in short supply during World War II, because of the needs ...

June 20, 2018