Our exhibit, Making Connecticut, showcases over 500 objects, images, and documents from the CHS collection. “What is this?” posts will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its importance in Connecticut history every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it? To find out more,
From the period of 1918-1945, people in Connecticut joined in nationwide trends to improve working conditions, fight for women’s rights, build new transportation infrastructures, and enjoy more leisure time.
Connecticut’s parks, shoreline, and lakes provided a welcome break for workers as trolleys and railroads made access available and affordable for many people. Lake and beach resorts grew to meet the demand for time away from work.
Between the two world wars, working hours were once again shortened. Radio advertisements promoted activities like going to the movies (with the innovation of sound and color), the beach (to get a tan), and waterfront amusement parks for shows and mechanical rides.
The phonograph made music portable. Men and women played tennis, golf, and basketball. Spectator sports like baseball, college football, and boxing grew, although attendance fell during the Great Depression.
During this time, local groups like the Rotary and Lions Clubs offered free social activities and organized service projects like planting trees.