|"Benedict Arnold's Shop Sign,
New Haven, c. 1760.,
New Haven Museum.
Benedict Arnold sold a variety of
goods from his shop on George Street in New Haven.
"Sibi Totique" on
this original shop sign, loosely translated, means "something for everyone"
NEW HAVEN - The New Haven Museum reports that on Sept. 6, 1781, Connecticut native Benedict Arnold "and
a force of 1,600 British soldiers and loyalists took Fort Griswold and burnt
New London to the ground."
"The brutality of the invasion galvanized the new
nation," the release said.
Now, at 6 p.m., Feb. 19, author Eric D. Lehman will shed
light on events leading up to the attack, the release said, "and highlight Arnold’s transformation—the
point where he went from betraying his comrades to massacring his neighbors."
The free lecture will be held at the New Haven Museum, and followed by a
reception and signing of Lehman’s newest work: “Homegrown Terror: Benedict
Arnold and the Burning of New London," the release said.'
The snow date is February 20.
will examine how the New London incident forever marked Arnold as a symbol of
evil, turning an antiheroic story about weakness of character and missed
opportunity into one about the nature of treachery itself. Lehman draws upon a
variety of perspectives, from the traitor himself to former comrades like
Jonathan Trumbull and Silas Deane, to the murdered Colonel Ledyard. Rethinking
Benedict Arnold through the lens of this terrible episode, Lehman sheds light
on the ethics of the dawning nation, and the way colonial America responded to
betrayal and terror," the release said.
Also in the release: "Lehman
is a professor of creative writing at the University of Bridgeport. His
fiction, travel stories, essays, and nonfiction have appeared in dozens of
online and print journals and magazines. He is the author of several books,
including 'The Insider’s Guide to Connecticut” and “Becoming Tom
Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity.'"
About the New Haven Museum
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1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New
Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of
collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New
Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum
brings 375 years of New Haven history to life.
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