KEVIN McBRIDE RESCHEDULED for MAY 31
Here we Stand: from Pyquag to Wethersfield and Beyond
Wethersfield Historical Society presents, in commemoration of the 380th anniversary of the Pequot raid on Wethersfield, a four-part lecture series featuring the expertise of Dr. Kevin McBride, Director of Research at the Pequot Museum, native performer and lecturer Annawon Weeden, as well as native chef Sherry Pocknett. Here We Stand spans over five hundred years of contact and focuses on traditional issues as well as those faced today by indigenous groups living with the legacy of colonialism. Times and locations vary. This program series is funded by a generous grant from CT Humanities.
Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.
May 23 Sherry Pocknett – Strawberry Moon Thanksgiving Celebration. Join us in celebrating the Strawberry Moon and giving thanks for a bountiful harvest of strawberries. Native chef and foodways expert Sherry Pocknett will deliver a native foodways lecture and cooking demonstration while discussing seasonality, the significance of the Strawberry Moon, how her family kept native traditions and culture alive while growing up in the 1960s during the Red Power Movement, as well as modern issues faced by native peoples today.
7 PM • Keeney Memorial Cultural Center • 200 Main Street, Wethersfield Admission: $25 non-members, $20 members. Advance Tickets recommended, buy them here.
May 31 Dr. Kevin McBride – “The Significance of the Wethersfield Raid in the Pequot War.” After more than 370 years the Pequot War (1636-1637) remains one of the most controversial and significant events in the Colonial and Native history of North America. The most significant event in the war was the surprise attack on the Pequot fortified village at Mystic on the morning of May 26, 1637. By the end of the one hour battle, over 400 Pequot men, women, and children were dead, half of them burned to death. The attack on the Mistick Fort was in retaliation for the Pequot raid on Wethersfield On April 23 in which nine settlers were killed including women and children. The lecture will explore Pequot motivations for the raid within the broader context of the Pequot War.
7 PM • Keeney Memorial Cultural Center • 200 Main Street, Wethersfield Admission: $5 non-members, free to members. Buy tickets
Wethersfield House Tour 2017
Wethersfield Historical Society will present a house tour Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 10am-4pm that will feature several unique historic homes in Old Wethersfield. With homes from many different eras, this popular fundraiser will offer something for every taste, all within walkable proximity in the state’s oldest and largest historic district. All of the featured homes are decorated beautifully, some with period furniture and manicured gardens.
Tour attendees will begin their journey in the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center (200 Main Street) where they will present their ticket voucher or purchase one at the door and receive the tour booklet (which is their ticket) with a map of the homes’ locations.
As part of Wethersfield Weekend, Wethersfield Historical Society is pleased to feature Trinity Episcopal Church, Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, and the Griswoldville Chapel with the house tour. Highlights include a lunchtime tea at Trinity Episcopal Church (free will offering suggested for the tea, with proceeds benefiting the Stained Glass Window Restoration Fund); an Art Market at the Arts Academy; and tours of the 1872 Griswoldville Chapel. Come join us on June 3rd for a close up look into some of Wethersfield’s unique homes and cultural sites.
For $75, tour participants can join us from 6:00-8:00 that evening for a lively patron cocktail party at a stunning historic home on Main Street in Old Wethersfield, where guests will enjoy an open bar and gourmet appetizers. The patron ticket price includes admission to the House Tour. General admission tickets are $30 when purchased before Friday, June 12 at 4pm and $35 the day of the event in the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center. Buy tickets here.
SPRING WALKING TOURS
Walking Tours All Season! All tours are $5; free to members and children under 16. Reservations recommended. In the event of rain, tours are cancelled.
Walk Around Old Wethersfield with Dorene Ciarcia: Learn about the architecture of people who lived here long ago. Meet in front of Keeney Center, 200 Main Street.
Thursdays: May 11, July 6, Sept 14 – 6:00-7:30 pm; Saturdays: May 13, July 8, Sept 16 – 10:00-11:30am
Burying Ground Tours with Martha Smart: Learn about gravestone carvers, customs and stories. Meet at the red barn in the First Church parking lot.
Thursdays: May 18, June 22, Sept. 7, Oct 12 – 1:00-2:30 pm; Saturdays: May 20, June 24, Sept 9, Oct 14 – 10:00-11:30 am