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Bringing Connecticut's Coastal History To Your Phone

16 Aug 2018


Tourism

Researchers at UConn are teaming up with local history groups to create a state “Blue Trail.” The idea is to build an interactive outdoor museum on Connecticut’s coast, that’s accessible through your phone.

As I stood on the banks of the Thames River, a quick scan of the horizon yielded a view encompassing centuries of history.

In the distance was Fort Griswold, which fell to Benedict Arnold in 1781, before his British troops burned New London.

Behind me was the Egyptian-inspired Fort Trumbull. And across the river was Electric Boat: site of many naval firsts, including the U.S. Navy’s first commissioned submarine.

“What is the story of the Thames River?” asked Syma Ebbin, an associate professor at UConn.

That’s the motivating question behind an app she’s helping to create.

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