In this very special edition of Coffee Hour, we’ll be joined by State Historian Walter Woodward, to talk about his new book, “Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments that Shaped a Great State.” In the book, Woodward, a gifted story-teller, brings the history we thought we knew to life in new ways, from the nearly forgotten early presence of the Dutch, to the time when Connecticut was New England’s fiercest prosecutor of witches, the decades when Nutmeggers were rapidly leaving the state, and the years when Irish immigrants were hurrying into it. Whether it’s his investigation into the unusually rough justice meted out to Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, or a peek into Mark Twain’s smoking habits, Creating Connecticut will leave you thinking about our state’s past––and its future––in a whole new way.
All you need is a device (laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet) with an internet connection. Click here to register. You’ll receive a confirmation email with the link to the Zoom meeting. We’ll also send you a reminder at noon on the day of the program.
Spaces are limited. We’re offering this program for free, but you can make a $5 donation to help cover the cost of the program when you register. Or, to learn about the benefits of museum membership, click here!
Questions? Contact Natalie Belanger, Adult Programs Manager, at [email protected].
About Our Guest
Walt Woodward is the State Historian of Connecticut and an Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. He is the narrator and producer of Today in Connecticut History (with CT Humanities) and Grating the Nutmeg: The Podcast of Connecticut History (with Connecticut Explored magazine). He also writes the “From the State Historian” column in Connecticut Explored. A widely sought after public speaker and historian, he lives in Columbia, CT.