Life and Times of a Quiet American Hero – Ebenezer D. Bassett

In Celebration of Black History Month



“The Life and Times of a Quiet American Hero”

Ebenezer D. Bassett: 1833-1908

The First Black Diplomat of the United States

Presenter: Carolyn Ivanoff

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

(snow date: Wednesday 22, 2017)

6:00pm – Refreshments

6:30pm – Lecture


Ebenezer D. Bassett was born on October 16, 1833 in Derby, Connecticut.  As a young man he taught school in New Haven.  His early life in Connecticut would prepare him for the adventures of a lifetime as a pioneer black educator and the first black diplomat of the United States after the Civil War.  “The Life and Times of a Quiet American Hero” received a Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit in June 2010.

Learn more about the life of this extraordinary American!


Admission: $5, payable at the door

Limited Seating!  RSVP Required: or 203-846-0525



Norwalk Historical Society Museum
141 East Avenue
Parking available in the Norwalk City Hall campus at 125 East Avenue.
The Museum is in the red brick house with double blue front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.
Norwalk, CT  06851

About Carolyn Ivanoff

Carolyn Ivanoff is an assistant principal at Shelton High School in Shelton, CT.  In 2003, Ms. Ivanoff was named Civil War Trust’s Civil War Teacher of the Year.  As an educator and administrator, she is committed to providing professional development and education programs for students.  In 2010, 2011, and 2013 her education programs received Awards of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations.  In 2016, Ms. Ivanoff was the recipient of the Connecticut Council of Social Studies Bruce Fraser Friend of the Social Studies award.  She writes and speaks frequently on American history at local, state and national venues.