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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

March 26, 2015. Donald E. Williams, Jr. at the Acton Library

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

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


Past  Lectures

Anne Farrow (seated) sells and signs a copy of her book Logbook:  Connecticut Slave Ships and Human Memory for 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 Action 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.