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Creating Connecticut with Walt Woodward

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

History surrounds us! Join Darien Library and Museum of Darien for a virtual author talk to explore the fascinating events that occurred just a stone’s throw away. State Historian Walt Woodward discusses his newest book, Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments That Shaped a Great State.

Take a journey with the State Historian through some of the Nutmeg State’s most fascinating tales! From the forgotten early presence of the Dutch, to the dark days of witch hunts, from the rough justice meted out to Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, to Mark Twain's smoking habits, Creating Connecticut will leave you with a new understanding of our state’s past — and its future!

Register for this Author Talk!

After attending this event, you have the opportunity to join the Group Book Discussion on Thursday, March 4th at 7 p.m. Join the Museum of Darien's Book Club to discuss great books about history that are “Close to Home!” Group is currently limited to 12 participants.

About the Author

Walter W. Woodward is the fifth person to hold the position of State Historian, which was created in the 1930s in preparation for Connecticut’s 300th anniversary. The State Historian is appointed by the trustees of the University of Connecticut and is a faculty member in the UConn Department of History.

Woodward is a scholar of Early American and Atlantic World history, with an emphasis on Connecticut and New England. His research interests cover a variety of subjects, including witchcraft, alchemy and the history of science, the use of music in Early America, and environmental history.

Woodward is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Creating Connecticut: Critical Moments That Shaped a Great State. His book Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr.,Alchemy and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 won the Homer Babbidge Prize from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History and was Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title.

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This event will take place on Zoom. You will receive an email confirming your registration with a link to join the meeting after you register.

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