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The Slaves in Our Backyard

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

During the Revolutionary Period (1764-1789) approximately 5,000 slaves lived in Connecticut including many here in Windham County. At this presentation by Pomfret Historian Donna Dufresne, you can learn about the role Windham County played in the institution of slavery as she gives witness to local enslaved Africans and the money trail that brought them here. […]

A Musical History of the Ovation Guitar

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

It is more than fair to say that the Ovation guitar, built in both Moosup and New Hartford Connecticut, played a significant role in the singer/songwriter explosion of the late 60’s and early 70’s music scene. Advancements in live-sound systems at that time required an instrument that was yet to be produced but when the […]

Jordan Freeman: The Fight to Set a People Free

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

The Canterbury Historical Society will present Kevin Johnson as Jordan Freeman, an African-American servant of John Ledyard and the body servant of Colonel William Ledyard in the Revolutionary War. An actual person and native of Old Lyme, although Jordan Freeman did not enlist himself, he witnessed key events of the War for Independence while with […]

18th-Century Chocolate Making

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Have we got a sweet program coming up in September! Robert Lecce of Pewter Pot Fine Spiced Chocolates will be coming to Canterbury to teach us about the art of 18th-century chocolate making. The lecture will include a demonstration along with a question and answer period. Attendees will be invited to enjoy delicious samples of […]

History of the Canterbury Volunteer Fire Department

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

October is National Fire Prevention Month so what better time to learn more about our own Canterbury Volunteer Fire Company? Join us as we welcome Deputy Chief Thomas Marshall O'Neill who will share lots of archival photos and stories as he teaches us about the history of the department which has been proudly serving Canterbury […]