|01/12/2019 - 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 the program & refreshments. Free and open to the public. Bring a friend.
When P. T. Barnum met twenty-five-inch-tall Charles Stratton at a Bridgeport, Connecticut, hotel in 1843, one of the most important partnerships in entertainment history was born. With Barnum’s promotional skills and the miniature Stratton’s comedic talents, they charmed a Who’s Who of the 19th century, from Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens and Abraham Lincoln.
Professor Eric Lehman has written and edited 14 books of history, fiction, and travel, including Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum and the Dawn of American Celebrity, chosen as one of the American Library Association’s Outstanding University Press books of the year. Professor Lehman is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport. His program for us will delve into the full story of Charles Stratton and his worldwide fame.
But even if you aren’t a member, our monthly history-themed programs are free and the public is warmly invited. The business session starts at 7:00. If you want to skip it and come just for the program, arrive about 7:30.
The Canterbury Historical Society’s regular monthly meetings are on the second Friday evening of the month unless otherwise noted. We don’t meet in July and August, when we take a summer break, although we often hold special events over the summer.
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