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Stonington Historical Society: Traces of the Trade- Documentary Screening
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Traces of the Trade- Documentary Screening

Traces of the Trade is a documentary film that follows members of the DeWolfe family of Rhode Island as they trace their family's involvement in the slave trade and their attempts at reconciliation. Discussion will follow facilitated by a member of the Center for Reconciliation. The Center for Reconciliation was founded by the Episcopalian Diocese of Rhode Island and offers and supports efforts that lead to social justice, racial equality, and racial reconciliation. They provide a variety of events and programs that create opportunities for learning, sharing and discussing America’s history of slavery, the slave trade and its legacies.

For more information, please contact the Stonington Historical Society at the link below.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
The Stonington Historical Society

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Stonington Historical Society: Revolution Song with Russell Shorto
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Revolution Song with Russell Shorto

Russell Shorto’s book describes the life of Venture Smith-  an enslaved man right here in Stonington who's narrative provides a case study of the influences that led to the American Revolution. The book has been praised as “first-rate intellectual history” (Wall Street Journal), “literary alchemy” (Chicago Tribune) and simply “astonishing” (New York Times). In his epic new book, Russell takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters, and autobiographies to flesh out six lives that cast the era in a fresh new light. They include an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, a rebellious young woman who abandoned her abusive husband to chart her own course, and a certain Mr. Washington, who was admired for his social graces but harshly criticized for his often-disastrous military strategy. Through these lives we understand that the revolution was fought over the meaning of individual freedom, a philosophical idea that became a force for violent change. A powerful narrative and a brilliant defense of American values, Revolution Song makes the compelling case that the American Revolution is still being fought today and that its ideals are worth defending.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
The Stonington Historical Society

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Stonington Historical Society: A Village Love Affair~Rollie McKenna
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: A Village Love Affair~Rollie McKenna

The photographic legacy of Rollie McKenna portrays a village from another time. The Stonington Historical Society holds a large collection of negatives and prints from the estate of Rollie McKenna that will be the subject of an upcoming exhibit curated by photographer Francis Hills. A number of other items are on loan from the Rosalie Thorne McKenna foundation that illustrate her life from an early age. Elizabeth Osha along with Chris Kepple have been collecting oral histories that explore Rollie's life and relationships in Stonington. 

For more information, contact the Stonington Historical Society.

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The Stonington Historical Society

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Stonington Historical Society: Stones of Stonington~Native American Rock Formations
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Stones of Stonington~Native American Rock Formations

This slideshow takes the audience on an extended walk through the woods to see the ceremonial stonework left behind by the indigenous population that occupied New England for 12,000 years. Native Americans built nearly two dozen distinct types of structures in our area, ranging from cairns to stone serpent effigies, and these spiritual offerings remain standing in now long abandoned woods. While Native American stonework is widely recognized out west and to the south, New England’s stonework remains obscure, having blended back into the woods. This slideshow, from the book by the same name, comes from photographs of over 8000 objects and ceremonial sites in North Stonington. For more information contact the Stonington Historical Society at 860-535-8445.

Open to the public. Suggested donation $5.

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Stonington Historical Society

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Shawondawsee Mansion in Stonington with Professor Michael Waters of Columbia University. 
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Shawondawsee Mansion in Stonington with Professor Michael Waters of Columbia University. 

Please Join Us on May 4 at 6 pm at the Captain Palmer House for a discussion of Shawondawsee Mansion in Stonington with Professor Michael Waters of Columbia University. 


Michael Waters studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Virginia, and the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, where he earned his PhD. Before his position at Columbia, he was the Scott Opler Research Fellow in Architectural History at Worcester College, University of Oxford. He has been the recipient of a number of fellowships, including a pre-doctoral Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Dr. Waters wrote about Shawondawsee in the February issue of Historic Stonington Footnotes

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Exhibit Opening: Lighting the Way~Celebrating Stonington's Lighthouse
Jan
12
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening: Lighting the Way~Celebrating Stonington's Lighthouse

January ~ February 2018

Preview Party/Opening Reception Friday, January 12 at 5-7pm

La Grua Center and Stonington Historical Society are pleased to present this exhibit celebrating Stonington’s iconic lighthouse. Artwork in all forms will be on display, from paintings to photographs and fiber art and more! Exhibit will run through the end of February.

Image by artist Diana Tyler of Hebron, CT.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Contact

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Stonington Historical Society

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Stonington Historical Society: Stonington Veterans with Dave Erskine
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Stonington Veterans with Dave Erskine

Retired Chief of Stonington Police and Member of the Stonington Historical Society's Board of Directors, Dave Ersine will present a program presenting the lives and service records of Stonington's veterans who gave their lives in service to their country. Focusing on World Wars I & II, Korea, and Vietnam, Chief Erskine has gathered numerous photographs, service records, family accounts and more to illustrate this tribute to Stonington's fallen heroes.

Open to the public. Suggested donation $5.  

For more information contact the Stonington Historical Society via the link below.

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The Stonington Historical Society

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My Fellow Soldiers with Andrew Carroll
Apr
30
5:00 PM17:00

My Fellow Soldiers with Andrew Carroll

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, historian and New York Times best selling author Andrew Carroll will present a lecture about his newest book, My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War. The book is a comprehensive telling of the American experience in the war based on eyewitness accounts by General Pershing and other senior officers, as well as the troops, aviators, and nurses who risked—and often gave—their lives during this conflict. Q&A and book signing to follow.  Books will be available for purchase.

This event is presented by the La Grua Center and the Stonington Historical Society.

Open to the public.  

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
War Letters Project at Chapman University 

PBS Interview with Andrew Carroll

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Exhibit Opening and Lecture: Southeast CT WWI Letters
Apr
21
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibit Opening and Lecture: Southeast CT WWI Letters

La Grua Center, in partnership with the Stonington Historical Society, will host an exhibit of WWI letters, photographs, and memorabilia collected from residents from our region and from the archives of the Stonington Historical Society from April 21-May 10.

During the exhibit, George King, Director of the Ambulance 255 Project, will speak about and have on display a 1916 Model T Ford ambulance that is representative of the 1,200 ambulances that were donated by American’s and driven by American volunteers for three years in France before the US entered World War I.

Exhibit opening 5-7pm; George King will speak at 6pm.  

Open to the public.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Stonington Historical Society: Kevin McBride on Pequot-Colonist Relations
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Kevin McBride on Pequot-Colonist Relations

Archeologist Kevin McBride presents: At Stonington’s Beginning: The English and Pequot Lives and Relations from 1649 to 1675.  For further details please contact the Stonington Historical Society. - See more at: https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2017/4/13/6/00/pm/344-shs_mcbride#sthash.YUm0UiCm.dpuf

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Stonington Historical Society: Local Railroad Tycoon Morton F. Plant
Mar
9
5:00 PM17:00

Stonington Historical Society: Local Railroad Tycoon Morton F. Plant

Morton Freeman Plant was a local legend. First and foremost a philanthropist who continued the legacy begun by his father but who was also a railroad tycoon of local renown. Plant was one of the founders of Connecticut College, a financier of the Wright Brothers, builder of many local trolley lines, owner of the Griswold Hotel and a colleague of J.P. Morgan.   His summer residence at Avery Point is now home to the University of Connecticut.  Jim Streeter is the Town Historian of Groton and a former policeman and mayor of Groton City. He has made a life study of Morton Plant and even impersonates him on occasion.

For more information please contact the Stonington Historical Society

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Stonington Historical Society: Historic Mills with Renee Tribert
Feb
9
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Historical Society: Historic Mills with Renee Tribert

Wooden grist mills, brick textile mills, and concrete lofts in our towns and cities all attest to Connecticut’s long manufacturing history. Many of these buildings have been adapted to new uses such as museums, housing or office space, but we have all seen others lifeless and neglected.

Making Places: Historic Mills of Connecticut is an initiative of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to document the state’s historic factories and to encourage their reuse through education and technical assistance. An introduction to the program will be followed by select survey findings, notably as they pertain to Stonington.

Making Places is funded by the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development of the State of Connecticut, and the Community Investment Act.

Renée Tribert, has been Project Manager for Making Places since 2014, after a sixteen year preservation hiatus spent in environmental consulting. She has an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and has been curator/collections manager at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

Links:
The Stonington Historical Society

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"Attack on Stonington Harbor" with Patricia Oat
Oct
13
6:00 PM18:00

"Attack on Stonington Harbor" with Patricia Oat

The Attack on Stonington Harbor, August 1775: Its Impact on the Colonists, their Military and Political Leaders, and its Ramifications for British Naval and Military Leaders

In the summer of 1775, the American colonies were not officially at war with England, but they were far from being at peace.  A full year before independence was declared in July 1776, there were several military engagements that would make the eventual declaration of war inevitable.  The most significant battle, the Battle of Bunker Hill, was one of the bloodiest of the entire war, and it is etched in the collective memory of the United States.  Another engagement that summer, a small skirmish between a Royal Navy warship and hastily gathered militia in the village of Stonington, Connecticut, is now largely forgotten, but it had far reaching consequences for the colonists and the British. The skirmish lasted only one day, and there were no fatalities on either side, yet this seemingly minor skirmish, and the events of July and August that led up to it, would have an immediate and powerful impact on British military policy, on American military and civilian leaders and on the colonists of New London County, who confronted British naval power and held their own.

Photo Credit: Harriet Jones/NPR

Cost
Suggested donation $5.

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Stonington Artifacts with Evelynn Lyons
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

Stonington Artifacts with Evelynn Lyons

The Stonington Historical Society presents: Touch the Artifacts, Please! Thursday, September 22nd at 6 pm La Grua Center 32 Water Street Stonington Stimulate your curiosity with this “hands on” approach to artifacts that help define early local history and the mission of the Stonington Historical Society. Typically reserved for children’s programs, the education collection of the Stonington Historical Society will be a hands on exhibit at the La Grua Center on Thursday, September 22 at 6 pm. Included is an ancient Indian axe, a vintage lacrosse stick, a surveyor’s walking stick, a courting candle,a hog scrapper, household utensils, and dozens of other objects will be displayed for up close examination. These preserved artifacts illuminate the work and domestic life of Stonington settlers and the Native Americans of New England. Were the pilgrims really as “plain” as we have been taught? From a 2016 perspective, who had the healthier diet, the Native Americans or the English? Why are there so many apple orchards? Would Jerry Browne have known Dean of Dean’s Mill Rd.? For more than fifty years volunteer educators have carried dozens of artifacts into the local elementary schools. Students are encouraged to closely observe and physically handle the tactile objects, prompted to question and learn what life was like for indigenous people and pilgrims that lived here hundreds of years ago. These educational outreach programs envisioned and initiated by Emily Lynch in the 1960’s, have expanded to now include an elective course on local history at Stonington High School. Growing in popularity, over 100 high school students signed up for the course last year and the feedback from the students and teachers has been overwhelmingly positive. Come, look, listen and touch our local history through the exploration of historic objects collected and preserved to stimulate inquiry, knowledge and truth about the lives of the peoples who traveled our roads and lived on this land centuries ago.

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Oct
30
5:30 PM17:30

Stones and Bones Walking Tour of the Stonington Cemetery

Please join us for a walking tour of the historic Stonington Cemetery, home to many celebrated and notorious inhabitants of Stonington. Laid out in Boulevards and Avenues, the Stonington Cemetery was founded in 1849 and offers illustrative instances of our storied past. Movie stars and producers, shoemakers, ship's captains, and entire families have been laid to rest here and still have a lot to share. This year's tour will be led by one of the wives of Stonington's first millionaire --

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Behind Stonington's Doors
Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

Behind Stonington's Doors

Stonington Historical Society invites you to "the most beautiful seaside village in New England" for a unique opportunity to step inside some of our most beautiful homes. A walking tour of distinctive and architecturally significant homes will carry you across centuries. The owners of these diverse properties will open their doors for you to experience Stonington from the inside out. We have carefully chosen homes that will showcase the rich and diverse architectural history of Stonington.

Saturday Tour Tickets Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate.  Preview Party and House Tour Tickets are $50.

http://www.stoningtonhistory.org/index.php?id=6&view=event&event_id=575

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