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Looking Back At Connecticut's History: A Conversation With Walt Woodward

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Do you know how to make an Election Cake? What about the history of the Connecticut Witch Hunters

This hour, state historian Walt Woodward joins us to talk about his new book Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments That Shaped a Great State and answer all your questions about the Nutmeg state, starting with why do we call Connecticut the Nutmeg State? 

We’ll talk about the origins of the Pequot War, Connecticut’s long history of immigration, and Walt might just give us the recipe for the Connecticut Election Cake - it only requires 10 pounds of butter! 

What questions do you have about the Connecticut State Historian?  We want to hear from you.


  • Walt Woodward - State Historian of Connecticut (@waltwould)
  • John Lyman - Executive Vice President of Lyman Orchards (@LymanOrchards)


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