The Alchemy of Justice: John Winthrop, Jr., and New England’s Other Witch: Presented by Walt Woodward

  • October 26, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Webb Deane Stevens Museum

    211 Main Street
    Wethersfield, Connecticut 06109
Ticket Price $10.00-$15.00 This event is now over

Before Salem, Connecticut colony was New England’s most aggressive prosecutor of witches. That was before John Winthrop Jr., renowned alchemist, and himself an occult practitioner, became involved in the colony’s witchcraft cases. His careful – but forceful – intervention in the case of Wethersfield’s Katherine Harrison transformed Connecticut from New England’s most aggressive killer of witches to a colony that ended witchcraft executions a generation before Salem. 

About Walt Woodward

Walt Woodward is the Connecticut State Historian Emeritus and an Associate Professor of Early American History at the University of Connecticut. He teaches American Environmental History, Public History, and an honors American Studies course focused on the Connecticut River, as well as courses in Connecticut history. He is the author of Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy and the Creation of New England Culture, numerous articles on New England history, and is a regular columnist for Connecticut Explored magazine. A former hit country music songwriter and performer, Woodward’s knowledge, sense of humor, and richly illustrated PowerPoint presentations have made him one of New England’s most sought-after public lecturers.

Date & Time

Thu, Oct 26, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Venue Details

Webb Deane Stevens Museum

211 Main Street
Wethersfield, Connecticut 06109 Webb Deane Stevens Museum
Webb Deane Stevens Museum

Nestled in the heart of Connecticut's largest historic district, the Webb Deane Stevens Museum's three historic houses tell important stories of national and statewide significance.