historic preservation http://wamc.org en Conn. Historical Society Buys Amistad Letters http://wamc.org/post/conn-historical-society-buys-amistad-letters <p>NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Historical Society has purchased a collection of letters written in the 1830s and 1840s by a woman describing the lives of the African captives from the slave ship Amistad.</p><p></p><p>The society paid $66,000 Tuesday for the letters written by Charlotte Cowles, whose abolitionist family took in one of the former Amistad captives.</p><p>Cowles described a captive showing her where she was burned on her shoulder with a red-hot pipe in Africa and her interactions with the leader of the captives.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 60418 at http://wamc.org Conn. Historical Society Buys Amistad Letters Neighborhood Transformation Project Seen As National Model http://wamc.org/post/neighborhood-transformation-project-seen-national-model <p><font size="2">An inner city neighborhood once lost to blight and crime has undergone a transformation that officials believe could serve as a model&nbsp; for the entire country.&nbsp; The neighborhood revitalization&nbsp; in Springfield Massachusetts required substantial public financing, without which officials insist it could not have happened.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.<br /> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 40806 at http://wamc.org Neighborhood Transformation Project Seen As National Model