Archive for June, 2011

Jun
24

Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden

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This is a great place to visit to learn about the life and accomplishments of Eli Whitney near your Hamden apartments. Whitney was an American inventor born in Westborough, Mass. in 1765, and the son of a prosperous farmer. He is best known for inventing the cotton gin, and although the invention did not earn him the fortune he hoped for, it did give him fame.

The cotton gin was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution and one that shaped the economy of the South. Regardless of whether he intended it or not, his invention strengthened the economic foundation of slavery in the United States. In spite of the impact of his invention, he lost many profits in legal battles over patent infringement for his cotton gin.  This left him deeply in debt.

Visit www.eliwhitney.org/ for information on the museum exhibitions, experimental learning workshops, programs and blog and more. If you live in our Hamden, CT apartments or our Branford, CT apartments or any place in Connecticut for that matter, it is well worth a day trip to the museum to learn more about the Eli Whitney legacy.

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It’s an ideal day trip from our Hamden or Branford or New Haven apartment buildings. You don’t want to miss this expansive exhibition uniting the work of a famed writer and a famed artist. American Storytellers examines the impact Mark Twain and Norman Rockwell had on American family and childhood, and features Rockwell’s illustrations for Mark Twain’s classic Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The exhibition includes dozens of Rockwell prints, paintings, sketches and illustrations from the collection of Norman Rockwell Museum and other organizations. These items are on display through Sept. 6 at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT.  For further information visit the website.

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Mo. on November 30, 1835, and grew up in the Mississippi River town of Hannibal where Tom Sawyer spent his boyhood. Mark Twain was one of the foremost American philosophers of his day, and the world’s most famous humorist. His schooling was brief as it ended in 1847 when his father died, and in 1850 his brother bought out a paper known as the Hannibal Journal. It was in this paper that Sam Clemens began his writings. He wrote of local characters and conditions, and if brother Orion had realized Sam’s talent at the time, he might have turned it into capital.
In the long analysis of the ages, it is the truth that counts, and it is known that Twain never compromised the truth but pronounced it to the extent that every human being must instantly respond. He had an understanding of human nature recognizing all the attributes of power and weakness. His writings will not be ignored or forgotten, and his memory remains a living presence to us. Read More→

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Jun
08

Summertime Events in Stamford

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Wow! Summertime has most definitely arrived in Stamford! The recent Memorial Day Parade and the opening of the beaches were just the start. It seems everyone wants to get a jump on summer whether it means making plans for a summer vacation or new grads making their way across the country for their first job. Many times it also means finding a new home – and quick. Well, here at CTBestApts.com we can’t help you assemble that grill or find the cheapest airfare to Florida but we can help with apartment hunting. We have three apartment communities of rentals in Stamford and between them we have something for everyone.

Hoyt Bedford apartments, located at 98-140 Hoyt Street, are near downtown Stamford’s many attractions, I-95, Merritt Parkway and New York City. Hoyt Bedford is just a few blocks from UBS, RBS and GE corporate offices. These Georgian-style apartments complement Stamford’s beauty with brick pathways that wind throughout mature shade trees. The Hoyt Bedford apartments offer ceramic tiled kitchens, hardwood floors, access to an on-site fitness center and free off-street parking. Read More→

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Jun
02

The World of E-Books

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In the Colonial era of America, few books were available until Benjamin Franklin started the first lending library in the early 1730’s. Later, Andrew Carnegie who believed in self education, donated millions of dollars to build libraries across the country. According to the Boston Public Library website, the first large free library was opened in Boston, Mass. in 1848. Certainly, public libraries have always played an important role in our society as they provided access to books and materials that may not have otherwise been available. However, the role of the library has been experiencing a significant change.

The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the e-book as “an electronic version of a printed book,” but e-books can and do exist without any printed equivalent. It is a publication in digital form consisting of text and images that is readable on computers and other electronic devices. A personal computer and even a cell phone can be used to read an e-book. Whereas early e-books were more scholarly and technical in nature and written for specialty areas and devoted interest groups, recently e-books have risen in popularity. Read More→

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