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Chapman Lecture Series

The Society had a wonderfully successful lecture seried this past season and thanks everyone for their support!  Stay tuned for a schedule of lectures that will begin in the fall of 2016!  The first lecture is being promoted below!

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

October 20, 2016

American Woman Suffrage Memorabilia -    Professor Kenneth Florey, Southern CT State University

For the past 35 years, Flory has been an avid collector of suffrage memorabilia and has amassed one of the best accumulations of such material in America.  The collection contains significant holdings in such areas as post cards, buttons, sheet music, posters, ceramics, advertising cards, and ribbons. Some of the materials were recently on display at the New Haven Museum (formerly the New Haven Historical Society). The collection provided a significant bulk of the illustrated material of the 144-page special suffrage issue of the APIC.

Florey has delivered several papers about suffrage memorabilia at scholarly conferences, including one on the subject of American and British movement post cards for "Suffrage City! Women's Suffrage and Cultural Representation" held in November 2000 at the University of Wolverhampton in England.  He has written articles on suffrage post cards, memorabilia, jewelry, buttons, sheet music, and the suffrage Clarion image for such diverse publications as A.B. Bookman (a trade journal for book and manuscript dealers), the APIC Keynoter, the Bandwagon (a paper for collectors of political Americana), the Postcard Magazine and Collector (English), the Ephemera News (the journal of the American Ephemera Society) and the Clarion (a newsletter for collectors of woman suffrage).

January 26, 2017

Screening of the Film "Parrish"

Parrish McLean lives with his mother Ellen on Sala Post's tobacco plantation in the Connecticut River Valley. His mother winds up marrying Sala's rival Judd Raike, ruthless planter who wants to drive Sala out of business. Judd insists that Parrish learn the business from the ground up.  Film locations include Mystic Seaport, New London, Windsor and the old Terra Mar at Saybrook Point.  Cast includes Troy Donohue, Claudette Colbert and Karl Malden.




March 23, 2017

History of Ivoryton Playhouse, Jacqui Hubbard, Executive/Artistic Director, Ivoryton Playhouse