Connecticut History


Somewhere North of Washington: Connecticut at Gettysburg [90+/45 Minutes]

Richard & Rebecca Donohue 113b Oswegatchie Hills Road, Niantic, CT 06357 (860) 691-3332

Six units of Connecticut men fought at Gettyburg during the three day battle in 1863. Using images from the National Park at Gettysburg, this program describes the involvement and meneuvers of these 1300 Nutmeggers.

There are two versions of this program available: The Longer version explains the events of July 1 -3 in Gettysburg and the role which Connecticut men played in them. The shorter version, appropriate for school groups, focuses on the highlights of Connecticut's three day involvement in the Battle.


Panic in Connecticut; Accused Witches Have their Say [40 Minutes]Equipment Req: A period bench or 2 Period Chairs if possible.

Virginia Wolf 22 Carriage Drive, Farmington,CT 06032 (860) 550-0936

Actress Virginia Wolf presents a one-woman performance that brings to life the experiences of five Connecticut women accused of witchcraft during the 17th century. Gripping, tragic and, finally triumphant, Ms. Wolf's performance lends humanity to a mysterious and perplexing time in Connecticut's history.  Presentation is based on available primary resources.  Show runs 40 minutes, but plan for 60 minutes to include discussion.

My show is designed to be portable; I have all costumes and props, but ask only for a couple of chairs or benches...period is nice, but not necessary.  A raised stage is also nice, but not necessary.



 The Impact of Samuel Slater's Textile Revolution on Northeastern Connecticut. [60 Minutes]Equipment Req: LCD Projector & Screen

Joseph Lamartino P.O. Box 478 Thompson, CT 06277 (860) 923-3776

The story of the textile revolution in NE CT, beginning with Samuel Slater's entry into the market, and describing the impact of the embargo during the War of 1812.


Connecticut's Songwriter: The Popular Civil Was Era Songs of Henry Clay Work [60 Minutes]

Richard E. Spencer 30 N. Wawecus Hill Road, Norwich, Ct 06360 (860)859-1927

Other presentations: "Freemen for Fremont" "Songs of Villains, Outlaws & Rogues" " The American Sea Music Traditions"



Beauty 7 the Beast, 300 Years of Connecticut Architecture [60 Minutes] Equipment Req: Screen

Great buildings represent the triumph of aspiration over inertia. What we build speaks of our values, hopes, lifeways and character. An awareness of architecture transforms the experience of living in a place, making our little state of Connecticut a veritable museum of American life. Only Massachusetts covers the entire spectrum of American experience as completely and in many particulars Connecticut excels.

William Hosley 30 Old Abbe Rd, Enfield, CT 06082 (860) 379-1053

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America's First Sculpture: Looking at Early Connecticut Gravestones[60Minutes]

William Hosley 30 Old Abbe Rd, Enfield, CT 06082 (860) 944-8349

Connecticut is a geological marvel. Marble, brownstone, schist, and granite became the basis for one of our earliest native arts – the fashioning, decoration and inscription of grave markers, tombstones and monuments. This program explores the diverse stylistic traditions in dozens of small shops that produced gravestones from the mid-17th century to the advent of the industrial age. The program will also look at the stories gravestones tell through their inscriptions and symbolic ornamentation.

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Sound Rising: The Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America's Struggle for Independence [60 Minutes]Equipment Req: Screen

Richard A. Radune 101 Hotchkiss Grove Road, Branford,CT 06405 (203)483-6528

This is Power Point presentation,based upon Richard A. Radune's book, SOUND RISING, which discusses the extraordinary maritime significance of Long Island Sound between 1750 and 1820. Its multitude of small ports, coves and navigable rivers provided a distinct advantage by thwarting British efforts to enforce trade restrictions and collect taxes. Long Island Sound played a crucial role in America’s Revolutionary War victory when its naval vessels, privateers and whaleboat raiders swarmed out of these same ports to interdict British supplies and force major changes in the enemy’s strategic war plans. This groundbreaking, true story relates the Sound’s involvement in the capture of Fort Louisbourg, rampant smuggling, the Revolutionary War, the Undeclared War with France and the War of 1812. It is especially relevant now with the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 occurring over the next several years.

Other presentations: Pequot Plantation: The Story of an Early Colonial Settlement


Pequot Plantation: The Story of an Early Colonial Settlement [60 Minutes]Equipment Req: Screen

Richard A. Radune 101 Hotchkiss Grove Road, Branford,CT 06405 (203)483-6528

Power Point Presentation. Pequot Plantation tells the exciting story of southeastern Connecticut in early colonial days. The territory was initially claimed by both Connecticut and Massachusetts Bay Colonies as a “right of conquest” after the Pequot War in 1637. The adventures of many early settlers are followed as they journeyed from England to Massachusetts and then to Pequot Plantation where they shaped the destiny of the new settlement.
Other presentations: Sound Rising: The Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America's Struggle for Independence.



 Connecticut Furniture & the Origins of American Art [60 Minutes]

William  Hosley     30 Old Abbe Rd, Enfield, CT 06082 (860) 379-1053

This program explores Connecticut furniture from the earliest work of joiners like Aaron Cooke of Windsor and Henry Treat of Wethersfield, the rise of  the baroque forms of Timothy Loomis and William Manley, the flowering of Connecticut expression in the hands of Eliphalet Chapin, Samuel Loomis and Elijah Booth, to the innovators of the industrial age like Lemuel Hitchcock and Ebenezer Tracy the story of Connecticut furniture is a chain of innovation and local expression. 

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 The Great escape of Edward Whalley & William Goffe - Smuggled through Connecticut[60 Minutes]

Christopher A. Pagliuco 26 Winthrop Hill Road, Ivoryton,CT 06442 (860) 581-8145

The Great Escape traces the lives of two puritans, Edward Whalley and William Goffe, through their brilliant military careers on the battlefields of the English Civil Wars. After signing the death warrant for King Charles I and executing him, Whalley and Goffe served under Oliver Cromwell ruling England with Puritan zeal. Upon Cromwell's death, and the resulting restoration of Charles II, Whalley and Goffe found themselves to be wanted fugitives, subject to the death penalty. They fled to Connecticut where colonial leaders smuggled the men from hiding place to hiding place in an effort to stay a step ahead of royal searches.A compelling story in its own right, The Great Escape is also a fascinating means of understanding the founding of Connecticut. The lives of Edward Whalley and William Goffe closely intertwine with the Great Migration to New England, the merging of New Haven and Connecticut colonies, the conquest of New York, and the fighting during King Phillip's War.Audiences will be amused, intrigued, and enlightened by this story that is a must for history lovers across Connecticut.

I am currently scheduling book signings and related events and would welcome the opportunity to meet your members. If you are interested in creating a program please contact me.



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