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Chapman Lecture Series

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

Upcoming Lectures

May 21, 2015, 7pm
The Old Saybrook Historical Society and the Shoreline Civil War Round Table, in cooperation with the Acton Public Library, present a talk by Author Buck Zaidel.
Heroes for All Time:  Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories

Buck Zaidel, a dentist and longtime collector of Civil War objects and images, will present a talk on his recently released publication, “Heroes for All Time.”   The talk is scheduled for the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook on May 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society and the Shoreline Civil War Round Table.

The publication “Heroes for All Time,” which was co-authored with Dione Longley, presents a rich account of Civil War experiences from personal letters and diaries along with hundreds of previously unpublished photographs.  Written accounts from the Connecticut home front provide additional details about the impact of the Civil War away from the battlefields, which claimed some 6,000 Connecticut lives.

Buck Zaidel has exhibited at Civil War shows across the country.  Items from his collection have been displayed at various museum exhibitions, including Photography and the American Civil War at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

For further information, contact the Historical Society at 860-395-1635 or www.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.