Many cities on the East Coast began as major colonial hubs, and Apollon is the god of colonies. The New Haven Museum sometimes has free admission days (usually on Sundays).
Connecting with the history of an area is something I highly recommend to transplants. Especially on the East Coast, we may know history in generalities, but the particulars of an area may be entirely different from what we might expect. As a side effect of my research into and worship of the Erinyes, I often think about the history of land, its inhabitants, and former conflicts. To me, the land remembers things that happened long ago. The Erinyes, unlike people, do not forget crimes.
When I walked through the New Haven Museum earlier this year, I learned about the history of biking, the port history of New Haven Colony, and countless other things. “Poseidon is important here” is one of the main points I took away from this interaction.
But Apollon is always here. He is the leader and protector of colonies and new towns, Αρχηγετης (Arkhêgetês).
I walk everywhere. Sometimes, when the sunlight hits the streets just so, I think about the development of the city and the watchful eyes of the God of Colonies. As with the transition from youth to adulthood, how do we know when a colony has matured enough to cut off its hair? Can we even draw parallels between the life cycle of a city and the life of a human being? Would we need to forget it had been a colony first, and that the people had come from elsewhere?
I don’t know the answers to these questions. Philosophy and myth are surprisingly unhelpful. All we have is the breeze from the Long Island Sound, the oyster farmers, and whispers from educational institutions.
But still, I hear the murmur of the wind and think of Apollon and Poseidon. I think about several-ton exhaust fans falling from rooftops during the hurricane and the inertia of centuries-old institutions. I think about dried olives from Italy, eat scallops and seaweed from the Sound, and wonder at a place that has festivals for oysters instead of apples.