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   Former Saybrook resident Elizabeth Petry, recently spoke at a Chapman Lecture and shared stories about her mother, the noted author Ann Petry and her aunt, pharmacist Miss James.   Elizabeth Petry is also an author and contributed essays about her family members to the new publication, "African-American CT Explored."

 

 

 

 

 

  Authors Elizabeth Petry and Elizabeth Normen signed books and talked with Old Saybrook Historical Society members (l. to r.) Linda Kinsella, Carol Manning, and Donna DiBella.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 At the recent Chapman Lecture, sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society in cooperation with the Acton Library, Elizabeth Petry signs a copy of "African-American CT Explored" for Michele Van Epps, Acton Librarian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chapman Lecture Series

Chapman Lectures are sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society in cooperation with the Acton Public Library.  All presentations are open to the public.  There is no charge.  For further information contact the Historical Society at 860-395-1635 or email:  contact@saybrookhistory.org

   

April 24, 2014

The British Raid on Essex: The Forgotten Battle of the War of 1812

  Sometimes called “the forgotten battle of the forgotten war,” the burning of more than two dozen ships in Essex harbor during the War of 1812 was one of the most destructive maritime actions in Connecticut and U.S. history.

   This long neglected maritime loss will be the subject of a talk by author and historian Jerry Roberts at the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston post Road, Old Saybrook, on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

   Author of “The British Raid on Essex: The Forgotten Battle of the War of 1812,” just released by Wesleyan University Press, Jerry Roberts will discuss this event along with sharing new information drawn from recent research and archaeological finds.

   Sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society, in cooperation with Acton Public Library, the talk is open to the public without charge.  For further information, contact the Historical Society at 860-395-1635 or email:  contact@saybrookhistory.org