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Chapman Lecture Series

The Society had a wonderfully successful lecture seried this past season and thanks everyone for their support!  This season's lectures have finally been set and are listed below.  Lots of interesting topics for all!

The Chapman Lectures are sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society in cooperation with the Acton Public Library.  All presentations are FREE and are open to the public.  For further information contact the Historical Society at 860-395-1635 or email us at contact@saybrookhistory.org


History of Beer in Connecticut - 7pm at the Old Saybrook Firemen's Field Banquet Hall.  Admission $5, 21 or over.


Will Siss will discuss the long history of making beer in Connecticut.  There will be sample tastings.   Mr. Siss is a columnist for the Waterbury Republican-American, has appeared on numerous radio and television programs and recently wrote “”Connecticut Beers:  A History of Nutmeg State Brewing.”
Will Siss writes the “Beer Snob” column in the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American plays in a band, teaches and leads beer tasting presentations.

Since writing “Connecticut Beer,” published by The History Press, he has been a popular speaker before dozens of Connecticut audiences.   

Siss has been a reporter, a freelance writer, and has appeared on the “Better Connecticut” television program, and several popular NPR radio programs including “The Faith Middleton Show,” “Where We Live” with John Dankosky, “The Colin McEnroe Show,” and others.

He is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a major in English and holds a Master’s Degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.

For further information, contact the Old Saybrook Historical Society at (860) 395-1635 or email us at contact@saybrookhistory.org.


Past  Lectures

Anne Farrow (seated) signs and sells a copy of her book Logbook:  Connecticut Slave Ships and Human Memory to an attendee of the February 26, 2015 Chapman Lecture Series. Anne Farrow, a scholar of Connecticut's connection with the slave trade and a former Hartford Courant reporter and editor, spoke about her latest book to a packed house at the Acton Library.  Logbook traces the life of the logbook's author, Dudley Saltonstall, a controversial figure in Connecticut history and the brother-in-law of Wethersfield's Silas Deane.  Ms. Farrow outlined connections between history and memory, including insights acquired through the experience of coping with her mother's Alzheimer's Disease.








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. rear) 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.