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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

   Nov 20, 2014

Susan Campbell, Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker

Author Susan Campbell will present a talk on Isabella Beecher Hooker, a leader in the 19th century’s women’s suffrage movement and a member of Connecticut’s wealthy and influential Beecher family.  Titled “Tempest-Tossed:  The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker,” the talk is sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society, and will be given at the Acton Library, 360 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Susan Campbell is the author of several publications and was part of the Hartford Courant’s Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of the shootings at the CT Lottery headquarters in Newington.   She has appeared on the CBS New Sunday Morning, the BBC, and WNPR. Her publication is the first full biography of Isabella Beecher Hooker, a passionate, fascinating member of the famous and high-powered Beecher family.  “Just when she finally discovered her own calling in the women’s rights movement,” one reviewer wrote of Isabella Beecher Hooker, “she found herself embroiled in the biggest sex scandal of the 19th century, the trial of her own brother for adultery…..  This long overdue story has found its perfect storyteller in Susan Campbell, who captures the liveliness and spirit of this daring individual.”
Feb 26, 2015
Anne Farrow The Logbooks: Connecticut's Slave Ships and Human Memory
ANNE FARROW is coauthor of the bestseller Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged and Profited from Slavery.
Mar 26, 2015

Donald E. Williams, Jr.  Prudence Crandall’s Legacy: The Fight for Equality in the 1830, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education

DONALD E. WILLIAMS JR. is president pro tempore of the Connecticut State Senate. He holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and a B.S. in journalism from Syracuse University. He lives in Brooklyn, Connecticut

Apr 16, 2015
J. Ronald Spencer Connecticut Yankee in Lincoln's Cabinet: Navy Secretary Gideon Welles Chronicles the Civil War
J. RONALD SPENCER is associate academic dean and lecturer emeritus in history at Trinity College in Hartford, CT

May 21, 2015   TBD   WWI