Digital Farmington began as a collaboration between students in a course taught by Dr. Katherine Hermes, at the time a professor of U.S. history in the history department at Central Connecticut State University, and Lisa Johnson, former executive director of the Stanley-Whitman House  in Farmington, Connecticut. A second round of improvements took place after Andres Verzosa became the executive director. The blog is a partnership between several of Dr. Hermes’ classes and the SWH to show change over time in Farmington through the use of a digital map with a timeline. Members of the community have also contributed content to the blog, and we welcome new contributions.

The map is the creation of students from CS 410 Software Engineering taught by CCSU Professor Stan Kurkovsky. The original map was created in 2015 by Sweta Mishra, Trung Phung, and Chad Tower, who competed with two other groups for the winning design. The computer science team for the 2017 map consisted of Chelsea Edwards, Austin Miller, Arnika Obrusnik, and Adrian Ward-Manthey. Interns are continuously adding points of interest to the map. When the map was developed, Lisa Johnson was the executive director of SWH and was instrumental in choosing many of its features.

The team, L-R: Dr. Katherine Hermes, Austin Miller, Adrian Ward-Manthey, Chelsea Edwards, Arnika Obrusnik, and director Lisa Johnson.

A third round of updates and improvements to the map came in 2024 thanks to Prof. Kurkovsky’s students Zachary Powers, Solomon Asante-Ansong, Jenna Noce, and Trivon Paul.

Dr. Katherine Hermes is now professor emerita at CCSU and has become the publisher and executive director of Connecticut Explored, Inc., which publishes Connecticut Explored magazine and hosts the history podcast, Grating the Nutmeg.

If you have any questions or comments about the site, please feel free to contact Katherine Hermes at publisher@ctexplored.org. All of the posts published on this site are the property of the individual authors who contributed the content. It may not be copied or reproduced without permission from the authors. It may be excerpted and cited in accordance with fair-use educational principles.

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6 thoughts on “ABOUT DF

  1. I have many ancestors from Farmington, including Mary Barnes. I am excited to have found this blog. Thank you so very much!

  2. I’m a great grandma from makah nation. It’s in neah bay Washington. Bout 25 years ago my dad died very young. I’m makah Indian n could go back orally 8 generations on mybmoms side. I was ashamed I could only go back couple on my dads side. So in the last few years I started looking for his kin folk. I am not that good on a computer……but with the discovery of my dads past…..I am finding good things and lots to read bout our past grandparents n other old people. My dad come from john Andrew haupt jr……his mom was edna v ryan. Imagine what wonders I found n learned as I went BACK! Wow….my grandma was a buttons…..a ryan…..and yes from thomas barnes n this wife who was killed for being a witch. Please tell all ur students and everyone… what a good job of this site! I appreciate n love the time u folks have put into this place! Thank u lots…..?ayit

  3. Good morning. My name is Carol Bradovchak, and I am on the board of Trustees and webmaster for the Avon Historical Society.

    There is a bad link in one of the blogs on this page: https://digitalfarmington.org/digital-farmington-project/digital-avon/irish-immigration-to-avon-a-forerunner-to-an-incidence-of-cultural-prejudice-at-the-pine-grove-school-house-in-west-avon-1876-part-2

    It is the link to the Pine Grove School House in this paragraph:

    The Pine Grove School House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and is a part of a designated Historic District. This includes the school house and five neighboring farms that are still extant. These farms and farmhouses include Sunrise Farm, the former Marcus Thompson farm, the former Ephraim Woodford farmstead, David Rood farm and Isaac Woodford farm.

    Can you please update the link to https://avonhistoricalsociety.org/pine-grove-schoolhouse/

    Thank you!

  4. The link to captivepeople.stanleywhitman.org – is not working . Is there a new way to access the database of captive people or does this link need to be updated. We are doing research on enslaved people in Farmington and have used this link many times but the past two months it hasn’t worked .

    Thank you

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