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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


Oct 8, 2014 

Matt Warshauer Connecticut in the American Civil War

  [In cooperation with the Shoreline Civil War Discussion Group]

  DR. MATT WARSHAUER is also the author of Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival published in 2011.  It is the definitive work on the state’s role.  He is the editor of Inside Connecticut and the Civil War, a book containing a series of essays by his graduate students that break new ground on the state’s role in the war.  As co-chair of the state’s Sesquicentennial Commission he has been responsible for planning and conducting a variety of activities across the state that focus on the Civil War and Connecticut’s interesting and important role in it. The subject of his October 8 talk is “The Forlorn Soldier.”  As a part of the commission’s work, all of Connecticut’s Civil War monuments were identified and reviewed.  Unlike all the others, “The Forlorn Soldier” had stood his post at a lonely and unlikely outpost for many years.  He faithfully stood his ground while horses and buggies gave way to automobiles.  Many knew of his presence and wondered about him.  Dr. Warshauer will tell his story and of the happy ending to the warrior’s war service.

Nov 20, 2014

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

SUSAN CAMPBELL is the author of the memoir Dating Jesus: Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl and coauthor of Connecticut Curiosities. She has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning, the BBC, and WNPR. Her column about the March 1998 shootings at the Connecticut Lottery headquarters in Newington was part of the Hartford Courant’s Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of the tragedy. She lives in East Haven, Connecticut.
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