Annual Meeting & Presentation WITCHES IN CONNECTICUT
The Killingworth Historical Society presents "Witches in Connecticut," a program by the Connecticut Historical Society, on Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Killingworth Firehouse, 333 Route 81.
The harrowing story of the hanging of witches in Colonial New England continues to haunt our present-day imagination. The trials and executions of witches in Connecticut predated the more famous Salem witch panic by over 40 years. Hear the stories of some of the women and men accused, tried, and executed as witches and learn how Connecticut successfully controlled the spread of witch accusations long before Salem erupted in panic and violence.
Taylor McClure is a museum educator at the Connecticut Historical Society. She teaches educational programs for school and adult groups both at the museum and on location. Taylor is a former high school social studies teacher with a B.A. in History and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington.
The Society's brief annual meeting, including a vote on Bylaw changes, will be held at 7:00 with the presentation immediately following. The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, so please come enjoy the evening with us.
The Early Gravestones of a Colonial Town: Killingworth, Connecticut by Thomas L. Lentz
This new book documents and photographically records over 450 gravestones in Killingworth, Clinton, and Durham, Connecticut. A major purpose of the book is to preserve images of the remaining early gravestones in this part of Connecticut, many of which are deteriorating. The changing styles, symbolism, and iconography from the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries are discussed. The book includes the markers of many of the first settlers, clergy, and patriots making it a valuable resource of the history of the area. It also has chapters on causes of death and burial practices. Gravestones with dates of birth and death are useful to genealogists, especially when other sources are lacking. The author, Thomas L. Lentz, is the Municipal Historian for the Town of Killingworth. The book is published by the Killingworth Historical Society.
Books are $25 and can be purchased from the Killingworth Historical Society at its open houses at the Parmelee Farmhouse, at Killingworth Town Hall, and at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison. It can also be obtained from Amazon.com or Pathway Book Service (click link to purchase online).
Board Proposes Bylaw Changes
The Board of Directors is recommending changes to the Society's Bylaws. The members will have a chance to vote on these changes at the annual meeting on October 17. Click here to read the bylaws with proposed revisions.
Remembering Lew Scranton
Historical Society founding member, Lew Scranton, passed away on August 1, 2019. For 50 years, Lew brought his knowledge and enthusiasm for local history to our group. He was passionate about antiques, life, and Killingworth, and his boisterous personality will be missed by all who knew him.
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