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11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-1209

1805, 2012

RevolutionaryCT Letterboxing

By |May 18th, 2012|New News|Comments Off on RevolutionaryCT Letterboxing

The Shaw Mansion — Connecticut’s Naval War Office during the American Revolution — is one of several RevolutionaryCT sites participating in a letterboxing trail.

Interested in learning more about Connecticut’s role in the American Revolution? How about visiting 13 Revolutionary War sites in Connecticut and looking for clues to a hidden geocache? Would adding a little mystery and fun to your history visits be an engaging idea? Then check out the Revolutionary CT website and begin your quest to get all 13 stamps.

[To the right is your visual clue for the letterbox you’ll be able to locate at the Shaw Mansion.]

204, 2010

State Historian Walter Woodward to Speak at April Second Sunday

By |April 2nd, 2010|Events Blog|Comments Off on State Historian Walter Woodward to Speak at April Second Sunday

“New England’s Other Witch Hunt:  The Hartford Witch Hunt of the 1660s and the Changing Patterns of Prosecution.”

Walter Woodward, Connecticut’s State Historian, will be making a presentation based on his just published book, Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676. The presentation will take place on the Connecticut College Campus in Blaustein 210, on 11 April at 2pm, in a program co-sponsored by the Connecticut College history department and the New London County Historical Society.

The book is full of provocative insights. While some are familiar with alchemy, the common knowledge is usually limited to the idea that alchemy was a magical quest to turn lead into gold. Woodward leads us to understand how alchemy was much more than that, “an important contributing factor in the development of modern chemistry and experimental science.” In this work Woodward shows how Winthrop’s alchemical knowledge, and connections emanating from his participation in the Royal Society, empowered him locally, as a favored Connecticut governor, and at the Royal Court in England.

Combining religion, metallurgy, healing, an entrepreneurial spirit and political will, Woodward is able to enlighten the reader with how those elements intertwine. Winthrop’s efforts to found a NEW London […]