Sunday, November 4, 2012

New Haven Museum:The life of John Davenport, one of Elm City's founders

NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Museum and Center Church-on-the-Green are sponsoring a talk by Dr. Francis J. Bremer, "in anticipation of both Thanksgiving and the 2013 celebration of the 375th anniversary of the founding of New Haven."
Bremer's  "newly released book, 'Building a New Jerusalem: John Davenport, A Puritan in Three Worlds,' details the life of John Davenport, one of New Haven’s founders," museum officials said in a statement.
Brenner's talk, “Pilgrims, Puritans, and John Davenport’s New Haven Colony,” will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 Center Church-on-the-Green, 250 Temple St., the statement said. 
Bremer "will discuss the significance of New Haven in seventeenth-century America and its legacy in the shaping of American society."
A book signing and reception will follow the talk, the statement said. 
Admission is free but donations are welcomed.
Bremer "examines John Davenport’s role as a progressive leader for his time, with a strong commitment to education for both women and men, a vibrant interest in new science, and a dedication to upholding democratic principles in churches at a time when many other Puritan clergymen were emphasizing the power of their office above all else," the statement said.
Bremer is professor emeritus of history at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and has been a visiting fellow at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, the statement said.  
He is the author of more than "a dozen books and numerous articles on colonial New England and its puritan settlers, and has been a consultant for many TV documentaries," the statement said.
The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is at 114 Whitney Ave. 
For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.


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