Connecticut History – October 2017

All Events regarding Connecticut History can be found here . Highlighted events are:


Ever wonder how school has changed since the one room schoolhouse days? On Thursday, October 5th at 6:00pm, Municipal Historian Carol North will be giving a presentation on the over 200 year history of what education was like for those attending a one room schoolhouse in Coventry. Children and adults are welcome to attend the event at the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library located at 1134 Main St, Coventry.

Booth & Dimock Memorial Library

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If you’ve ever wanted to work on a real archaeological dig while learning from a professional archaeologist, then sign up for the Archaeology Field Workshop at UConn Storrs on Saturday, October 7th from 9am to 11:30am. You will be working on an ongoing historic house excavation while learning the basics of field work. Advanced registration is required.


Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center programs

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On Thursday, October 12 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Martha Smart will be leading a Burying Ground Tour for the Wethersfield Historical Society. The Historical Society is located at 150 Main St., Wethersfield. The tour is $5,  members and children under 16 are free.

Wethersfield Historical Society

Gillette Castle is a popular tourist attraction in East Haddam, Connecticut, but how much do you know about its history? Gillette Castle was once the home of famous actor William Gillette, best known for his performances as Sherlock Holmes. On Thursday, October 12th at 6 pm there will be a talk by Erik Ofgang on his book “Gillette Castle: a History.” Mr. Ofgang will be covering both the history of the castle and William Gillette’s career. He will sign copies of his book after the talk.

The event is hosted by Friends of the Lyme Public Library and will take place at Lyme Library, 482 Hamburg Rd in Lyme, CT.

To register for this event please call 860-434-2272 or email

Arcadia Publishing

Lyme Public Library

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Melinda Elliott will be discussing her book  “Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time”  on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Southbury Public Library. The library is located at  100 Poverty Road in Southbury. The event is co-sponsored by the Southbury Historical Society and the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Her book features both historical and recent pictures and histories of one and two-room schoolhouses throughout Connecticut.  Melinda Elliott is also the director and docent at the Bullet Hill School in Southbury. The Bullet Hill School offers a Living Museum Program and is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Southbury Public Library

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The annual Harvest Festival Weekend at The Stamford Museum and Nature Center will be occurring on Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The Fifth Connecticut Regiment Colonial Militia Re-enactors will be holding an encampment throughout the weekend. Come see what camp life and uniforms were like in colonial days and watch musket and marching drill demonstrations. Many other family friendly activities will be offered throughout the weekend. Tickets can be purchased in advance for October 14th and October 15th. The Stamford Museum and Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road in Stamford.

5th Connecticut Regiment

Stamford Museum and Nature Center

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On Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 am, Grace Parks Mitchell will be leading a tour for Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation highlighting Cedar Hill’s Exceptional Women. Admission is $5.00 and members are free. Cedar Hill Cemetery is located at 453 Fairfield Ave,


Brookfield’s 6th Annual Farmfest will be held on Sunday, October 15th from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Gurski Farmstead on Route 133 in Brookfield. The event will feature blacksmithing demonstrations, tours of the Merwin Brook Cemetery, exhibits, vintage tractors and trucks and antique machinery. This is a free event.

Brookfield Museum and Historical Society

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The Leffingwell House Museum will be hosting its Annual Scarecrows and Cocoa event on Saturday, October 21 from 11:00 to 4:00. The event will include a scavenger hunt in the Scarecrow Garden, a tour of the museum, cornhusk dolls crafting and chocolate making demonstrations, cocoa tasting and storyteller Bette Jean Coderre, CSJ and Mohegan tribal member. The Leffingwell House Museum is located at 348 Washington St in Norwich. The event is $5.

The Leffingwell House Museum

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While the witch trials in Salem are well known, few of us know about the earlier witch hunts right here in Connecticut. The Hartford History Center of Hartford Public Library and the Watkinson Library at Trinity College will be co-sponsoring an author talk on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:00pm. Richard S. Ross III, former Head Librarian and retired Professor Emeritus of Trinity College, will be discussing the Connecticut witch hunt in the 1600’s and the influence the English Civil War had on witch hysteria in the colonies. There will be an opportunity to purchase signed copies of his book “Before Salem: Witch Hunting in the Connecticut River Valley 1647-1663″. The event will be in The Hartford History Center which is located on the third floor of the Hartford Public Library at 500 Main Street, Hartford.

Hartford Public Library

Books by Richard S. Ross III

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The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society will be hosting tours of West Hartford’s North Cemetery by lantern light on Friday and Saturday, October 27th and 28th. Come hear true stories about West Hartford’s past. Tours are 45 minutes long, are offered between 6:00 and 8:45pm and leave every 15 minutes. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 18.  The cemetery is located at 80 N Main St, West Hartford.

The Noah Webster House

CT History Events October 27th listing

CT History Events October 28th listing


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