Taylor McClure of the Connecticut Historical Society Discusses Connecticut’s 17th Century Witch Trials

11/08/2019 - 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.

The harrowing story of witch hangings 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.

The Connecticut Historical Society’s Museum Educator Taylor McClure will present the program.  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 Connecticut Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the official statewide historical society of Connecticut. Established in Hartford in 1825, it is one of the oldest historical societies in the US. See https://chs.org/.

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Canterbury Historical Society monthly programs are free and the public is warmly invited. Bring a friend, stay for complimentary refreshments, mingle, and get to know us a little. We will do our best to make you feel welcome. The business session, which begins at 7:00, rarely lasts more than half an hour. If you want to skip it and just come for the program, plan to arrive about 7:30.

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