Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Heroes and Villains Lecture Series at New Haven Museum

NEW HAVEN - As "the legends of heroes and villains abound," the New Haven Museum will present a lecture series entitled “Heroes & Villains,” exploring the stories behind some of the most important historical figures in the history of Greater New Haven, according to a statement.

The lecture series will continue through 2013 as the New Haven Museum celebrates its 150th and the city's 375th anniversary, the statement said.
All lectures begin at 6:30 pm.
The talks "will be accompanied by book signings, and copies of each speaker’s books will be available for sale," the statement said. All lectures are free and open to the public, the statement said.

Events are: 

On Sept. 27, Chris Pagliuco will discuss his new book, "The Great Escape of Edward Whalley & William Goffe." He will share "the adventures of two of the regicides, the judges who condemned King Charles I to death, ultimately forced to live as fugitives and fled to New Haven from England in the seventeenth century," the statement said. You can buy the book here.

Pagliuco is a freelance writer who specializes in 17th-century colonial history. He teaches high school history in Madison and is town historian in Essex, the statement said.

On Oct. 9, Fred Calabretta will discuss how the War of 1812 shattered the lives of Connecticut citizens, the statement said.
"Focusing on the experiences of Connecticut’s participants and witnesses, this talk will reveal how the war upset lives in every town, especially those along the coast, interfering with business activity and home life alike, and the lasting effects on Connecticut and the nation that the conflict left behind,"  the statement said.
Calabretta is curator of Collections and Oral Historian at Mystic Seaport Museum. He has also served as curator for a number of exhibitions, including The Rockets’ Red Glare: Connecticut and the War of 1812, which is on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, the statement said.
Calabretta is a contributing author to the exhibition’s companion book and has authored two other books and a number of published articles and essays, the statement said.

On Nov. 7, Marcus Rediker will "share the story of the Amistad rebellion from the point of view of the African captives themselves, the topic of his new book, "The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom," the statement said.
"Utilizing sources unique to this event, Rediker reconstructs the horror of their plight, their courage, their humanity, and their backgrounds not just as captives, but as people," the statement said. "His new book reminds readers of the humanity behind this rebellion, a side to this story that has gone unexplored and unheard until now."
Rediker is a professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. He has won several book prizes and held numerous fellowships, and is the author of four other books, including "The Slave Ship," the statement said.

On Dec. 6, Jon E. Purmont will speak on his new book, "Ella Grasso: Connecticut’s Pioneering Governor." "In 1974, the people of Connecticut chose her as the nation’s first woman to be elected governor in her own right—the capstone of a long and successful career dedicated to public service, effective government, and the democratic process," the statement said. "The daughter of Italian immigrants, she endeared herself to her constituents during the great Blizzard of 1978, when she stayed at the State Armory around the clock to direct emergency operations and make frequent television appearances."

Purmont, "who served as Grasso’s executive assistant when she was governor, draws on his diary from that time, research in Grasso’s archives, and interviews with Grasso’s family and friends to give us a rich and intimate portrait of this political pioneer," the statement said.
Purmontis an emeritus professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University. His articles have appeared in Connecticut Review and Connecticut Explored, and he is coauthor of A Concise History of the United States, the statement said.
The New Haven Museum is at 114 Whitney Avenue. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or

Editor's note: All information and the photos in this post were contributed.


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