The 'Witch in Old Connecticut’: Righting a Troublesome Legacy

  • October 5, 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
Description

Thursday, October 5, 2023

6:30-8:00pm / 6pm reception 

Holcombe Education Center at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum

The ‘Witch in Old Connecticut’: Righting a Troublesome Legacy will touch upon Dr. Richard S. Ross III’s book Before Salem: Witch hunting in the Connecticut River Valley 1647-1663. Dr. Ross will also discuss his additional research and the contemporary events affecting the historical legacy of the witch panic in the Connecticut and New Haven colonies.

About Dr. Richard S. Ross III

Dr. Richard S. Ross is Professor Emeritus and former College Librarian at Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut. He holds an MA from Northeastern University, an MLS from Simmons College, and a PhD from Boston College. He has taught at Boston College, Northeastern University, the University of New Hampshire, and Trinity College. He has held administrative Librarian positions at Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the University of New Hampshire, and Georgetown University. 

Dr. Ross has given talks throughout Connecticut for various organizations, particularly libraries and historical association on Before Salem: Witch Hunting in the Connecticut River Valley 1647-1663, his second published book. His first book was the well-reviewed Contagion in Prussia, 1831 the Cholera Epidemic and the Threat of the Polish Uprising. Dr. Ross recently wrote a brochure based on original research for the Ancient Burying Ground Association in Hartford entitled, Connecticut Colony Seventeenth-Century Witch Panic: A Guide to Connected Persons Interred in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground 2022. Additionally, he has a third book in press: Body Snatching in Nineteenth Century New England and the Nation’s Capital, a Social History.

Date & Time

Thu, Oct 5, 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.