Connecticut State Historian Dr. Walter Woodward, ”Leaving Connecticut, Shaping America”

09/12/2014 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by program & refreshments.

Between 1780 and 1830, tens of thousands of Connecticans left our state to “begin the world anew” in places like Pennsylvania, Vermont, western New York, and especially, the Connecticut Reserve of what is now Ohio. In the process, they took the culture of their home state with them, and gave the nation a strong and indelible Connecticut stamp.

In this illustrated talk, Walt Woodward discusses the reasons behind Connecticut’s massive outmigration, the distinctive attributes of the people who chose to leave, and the serious challenges their removal raised for those left behind.

Given the concerns state leaders have today over the outmigration of Connecticut’s young people, this is a timely topic.

Our programs are free and the public is warmly invited. Bring a friend and stay for complimentary refreshments. We will do our best to make you feel welcome.

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