Most recent lectures are at the bottom of the page.
A Visit with Elsie Hill
During this talk you will meet former Norwalk resident and suffrage leader, Elsie Hill, who is brought to life by Western Connecticut State University professor emeritus of education and women’s studies, Dr. Darla Shaw. The focus of her talk will be on Elsie during the suffrage movement, Elsie's work for the Equal Rights Amendment and her connection to Alice Paul.
The History of Dr. Wadsworth's Sanitarium
Presented by Norwalk Historical Commissioner and local researcher, Holly Cuzzone. Dr. Alvin DeWitt Wadsworth’s sanitarium in South Norwalk ran from 1904 until his death in 1941. This lecture covers new information now available from contact with the schools he attended, maps, NewsBank digitized articles recently available from the Norwalk History Room at the Norwalk Public Library as well as personal conversations with the doctor’s living relatives.
Women in the American Revolution: Putting the 'Her' in Heroics
Presented by Norwalk Historical Commissioner and local researcher, Eric Chandler. Learn about some of the women who risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to lift the yoke of British control of the 13 Colonies. Women who are missing from our history books, their stories as soldiers and spies left untold. There are many tales of courage to be revealed about these largely unsung heroines of the American Revolution.
A Chat with Kathy Drasky: Director of the Norwalk-based Documentary "The Sexy Six: A Story of Lifelong Friendship"
In the interview, learn about Kathy's inspiration for the film, where she got the fantastic Norwalk footage, and more behind-the-scenes stories of her heart-warming documentary, "The Sexy Six: A Story of Lifelong Friendship".
To learn more about the documentary, visit: http://thesexysix.com/
Norwalk Quilt Stories: Virtual Talk with Lizzy Rockwell
Lizzy Rockwell's illustrated talk will dive into the story behind her newly published children’s book, The All-Together Quilt. Her talk will also explore Norwalk quilt stories as she discusses her work with Peace by Piece: The Norwalk Community Quilt Project, the inspiration for her book. Members of Peace by Piece chime in about their wonderful experiences with the group.
Honoring the Silent: Documenting African American & Native American History in Connecticut
Explore the Witness Stones Project with Founder and Executive Director, Dennis Culliton. In less than four years, 11 schools, and over 2,000 students have engaged in the Witness Stones curriculum, learning about the history of slavery in the North. https://witnessstonesproject.org/
Learn about “Uncovering Their History: Africans, African Americans and Native Americans in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground, 1640-1815”, from project director, Dr. Katherine Hermes. This project was commissioned by the Ancient Burying Ground Association to find the names and information about the people of African and Native descent buried in Hartford’s oldest cemetery. https://www.africannativeburialsct.org/
This illustrated talk highlights photographs from Bill Whitbeck’s book, “Oystering in Norwalk, Connecticut A Photographic Collection", as well as rarely-seen images from his personal collection. Explore a brief history of oystering in and around Norwalk and learn of Mr. Whitbeck’s reminiscences about growing up in East Norwalk and his love of oystering, his relationship with the Bloom family, and stories about his old photography business that was housed in the Radel oyster building. Learn how his waterfront studio allowed him to photograph every aspect of oyster and clam harvesting in the waters surrounding the Norwalk Islands.
This lecture includes guest presenters from Norwalk’s leading conservation organizations including the Norwalk Land Trust, Norwalk River Valley Trail, Norwalk River Watershed Association, Norwalk Tree Alliance and Oak Hills Park Nature Advisory Committee. Discover each organization’s history in preserving land and open space in Norwalk, as well as their past, current, and future endeavors.
Guest presenter: Lisa Wilson Grant
This lecture explores Nathan Hale’s connection to Norwalk, the installation of the McKim, Mead & White designed Nathan Hale Memorial fountain by the DAR in 1901, the story of all the places the various parts of the fountain traveled to, and the perseverance of Lisa Wilson Grant to track down the missing fountain parts and return them to Norwalk for installation at Fodor Farm.
Guest Presenter: Dr. Darla Shaw - professor emeritus of education and women’s studies at WCSU.
Dr. Shaw brings Mary E. Woolley to life during this virtual presentation.
Learn about Woolley’s remarkable life which began in South Norwalk, CT. After becoming the first female student at Brown University and a professor at Wellesley College, Woolley became the 11th president of Mount Holyoke College from 1900 - 1937. Under her direction, the college made great strides in aligning the curriculum to the changing needs of society. Throughout her life, Woolley was awarded twenty honorary doctorate degrees from the country’s most prestigious universities. Later in life, Woolley became a peace activist and proponent for abolishing child labor.