March 3: Connecticut’s Joseph Hawley Heads America’s First World’s Fair

  As a country, the United States of America’s first hundred years of existence were marked by incredible growth in nearly every possible way, largely defined by the forces of westward expansion, immigration, and the Industrial Revolution it the 19th century.  As the 100th anniversary of the nation’s founding in 1876 approached, a proposal came…

April 3: The Sewing Machine Patent Wars

  Elias Howe Jr. may not have invented the American sewing machine, but he did get the first patent on one in 1846 — which in turn spurred a flurry of similar patents filed by American inventors, all of whom were trying to get a competitive edge in the increasingly crowded sewing machine market of…