This April, the Litchfield Historical Society has planned a series of two lectures and one workshop to usher spring into Connecticut's Litchfield Hills.
On Sunday, April 19 at 3 pm, there will be a lecture called Tempest Tossed by Susan Campbell, author of the first full-length biography of one of the youngest members of the illustrious Beecher family, Isabella Beecher Hooker. Isabella was a mover and shaker in her own right, involved in the woman suffrage and abolitionist movements. She was also an ardent Spiritualist with a wild streak. Susan Campbell is the author of memoirDating Jesus: Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl and coauthor of Connecticut Curiosities, as well as a former columnist for the Hartford Courant.
At noon on April 23, the popular "history bites" is back with a lecture, "From Law Library to Paint Pots". Join the society as they take a closer look at George Catlin – Reeve's law student turned artist who documented the Plains Indians through his artwork and produced the only known image of his revered legal instructor. Curator of Collections Jessica Jenkins will present this exploration of an artist with roots in Litchfield. In the 18th and 19th centuries the Litchfield Law School became famous for turning out a plethora of young men who would lead the young nation as lawyers and politicians. But not all of Tapping Reeve's students went on to practice law. Bring your lunch! Desserts and beverages will be served.
If you have an interest in preserving textiles, the workshop on April 29 at 7 p.m. with Karen DePauw, research and collections associate at the Connecticut Historical Society, and learn about basic textile storage techniques ranging from museum-quality archival practices to simple and affordable solutions. Many of us have cherished textiles and costumes in our homes, from great-grandpa's uniform to mother's wedding gown. With the right care these items can remain valuable pieces of our history for years to come. Join Karen DePauw, research and collections associate at the Connecticut Historical Society, and learn about basic storage techniques ranging from museum-quality archival practices to simple and affordable solutions, tips on displaying your fabric treasures, and just some good old-fashioned do's and don'ts. Together we can work to preserve your family's history.
he Litchfield Historical Society is located on 7 South Street in Litchfield Connecticut. For more information