Hartford is home to the nation’s oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum; the oldest public park, Bushnell Park; the oldest continuously published newspaper, The Hartford Courant; the second-oldest secondary school, Hartford Public, and the Mark Twain House where the author wrote his most famous works and raised his family, among other historically significant attractions.
LDS Members make up 0.40% of the population of Hartford. The Hartford Connecticut Temple Site is being cleared; temple footprint staked; anticipated in late 2015–early 2016 (awaiting official announcement). The state of Connecticut has 14,990 members in 4 stakes, 27 wards and 5 branches, and 1 mission in Connecticut.
Missionary work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Connecticut began in 1832, with few converts. In 1838, Wilford Woodruff, future Church President, preached in his hometown of Farmington, Connecticut. He arranged to have a meeting with his family of nonmembers. Afterward, Woodruff baptized his father, stepmother, sister, and three others. A small congregation was organized in Farmington thereafter.