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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

Feb 26, 2015

Noted author  Anne Farrow   will speak about her most recent publication, The Logbooks:  Connecticut’s Slave ships and Human Memory, at the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The Logbooks is about a sailing ship owned by an affluent Connecticut merchant who sailed from New London to the tiny island of Bence in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to take on fresh water and slaves. On board was the owner’s son, on a training voyage to learn the trade.  The Logbooks explores that voyage, and two others documented by that young man, to unearth new realities of Connecticut’s slave trade and question how we could have forgotten this part of our past so completely. Anne Farrow is also 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