A new book by Wilson Faude ’69, “Hidden History of Connecticut” was recently published by The History Press. A collection of stories about the unknown, rich history of Connecticut, the book features engaging and fascinating stories about such things as rocks that are national monuments, artists Frederic Church and Eric Sloane, a Thanksgiving Day touch-football game with a future president, and much more. Each chapter shares a different tale, from the truth about Charter Oak to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Christmas, to the history of Colt Park.
This is Faude’s 10th book, most of which focus on Connecticut’s history, specifically that of the Hartford region. He has published several Images of America books about this region and another about the infamous Mark Twain titled “Renaissance of Mark Twain’s House.”
A current resident of West Hartford, Conn., Faude is an active member in his community. He currently serves as the archivist for the City of Hartford, and associate at the Hartford History Center of the Hartford Public Library. He is executive director emeritus of the Old State House, where he raised more than $15 million, and has been the curator of the Mark Twain House, and chair of the Connecticut Historical Commission. Faude has written numerous articles for national publications. He has been featured in People Magazine, G.Q. and Time Magazine. He has been awarded the Civitan Man of the Year, Distinguished Advocate for the Arts by the state of Connecticut and the Thomas Hooker award for community service.
He has, since 1986, been a reader since for the Talking Books Program, a volunteer service for the blind and handicapped. He is also the chair of the Nominating Committee for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut and an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. Faude works on various art projects in a variety of mediums. In 1997, the needlepoint bench he designed was awarded first prize at Eastern States with an additional special award for design. His paintings have been exhibited in New York at The Century Club and he is a three-time cow parade artist in Connecticut.
Faude received his BA in European history from Hobart and his MA from Trinity College. At HWS, he was a Druid and a member of the Little Theatre.