By Anne Farrow Captain Dudley Saltonstall is best known in Maine and national history for his disastrous leadership during the Penobscot Expedition in 1779, and for a rout which resulted in the loss of more than forty ships and the end of his naval career. Sometimes called the worst naval disaster in American history before … Continue reading Dudley Saltonstall’s Other Career
SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS WILL REIMAGINE NEW ENGLAND’S PAST Learn more and apply here During the summer of 2022, Munson Institute classes will be a part of the Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty and Freedom project. The Frank C. Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport Museum, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice … Continue reading Opportunity | Summer Fellowships for Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty, and Freedom
Summer 2022 | Monday, June 6 through Friday, August 12, 2022 Learn more here Spend your summer on the banks of the beautiful Mystic River as you learn more about museums and the maritime world. The summer internship program at Mystic Seaport Museum is for college students interested in pursuing a career in museum studies, … Continue reading Opportunity | Mystic Seaport Museum Summer Internship
Any study of the Black Governors in early Connecticut will turn up a mention of “Sam Hun’ton, slave to Governor Samuel Huntington," all drawn from a single secondary source. Can this claim be substantiated? Pauline Merrick tries to unravel the mystery.
Professor Kerima Lewis will discuss the state's rich history of Black governors Hosted by the New Haven Museum Thu, February 10, 2022 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST Register here You may be familiar with William Lanson, the 19th-century engineer, entrepreneur, and civic leader elected as Black governor in New Haven in 1825 and whose … Continue reading Event tonight | An Upside Down World: The Reign of Black Governors in Connecticut on 2/10/22
Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson will examine the history of the slave trade and slavery in the American North. Guiding listeners through the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts to present day racism in New England, she'll underscore the ways in which what occurred in the past had real implications on how the world and power are understood today.
Position title: Youth Intern and Program Coordinator Status: Regular full-time, grant funded for two years Department: Education Reports To: Director of Education SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Mystic Seaport Museum is seeking a full-time, year-round dynamic Youth Intern and Program Coordinator to run a summer youth intern program and to coordinate programming for the Museum’s emerging Center for … Continue reading Job Opportunity: Youth Intern & Program Coordinator at Mystic Seaport Museum
The 25th annual Venture Smith Day Festivities will be held on Saturday, September 11th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the First Church Cemetery, 499 Town Street (RT. 151), East Haddam, Connecticut, where Venture Smith (1729-1805) is buried. Learn more here Son of an African king, Venture Smith was the first black man to … Continue reading Event | Venture Smith Day Festivities on 9/11
Hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, The MacMillan Center at Yale University 23rd Annual ConferenceYale and Slavery in Historical Perspective October 28-30, 2021 The conference will be conducted remotely. Register here Commissioned by President Peter Salovey, a working group of historians, librarians, student researchers, and community members is conducting … Continue reading Event | Yale and Slavery in Historical Perspective
Sponsored by the Yale and Slavery Research Project; the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale; and Dixwell Congregational Church, UCC Thursday, September 16, 2021 • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Register here This panel discussion will explore lineages of families of early African-American staff and students at Yale. Through this program, we hope to … Continue reading Event | Gleaming in the Shadow of Slavery: A Conversation with Descendants of African Americans of Old Yale
Hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Center Wednesday, July 28, 2021 • 6:00 to 7:30 pm Register here Join Joy Burns, Elizabeth Normen, Nancy Steenberg, and Tom Thurston as we discuss teaching Venture Smith’s extraordinary life to better understand slavery and freedom in 18th century New England. The first 30 teachers to register and attend the workshop will receive a free copy … Continue reading Event | Venture Smith: An African American in 18th Century Connecticut
Joseph McGill, founder of the nationally renowned Slave Dwelling Project, will visit and provide two programs at the Phelps-Hatheway House--a historic house museum at 55 South Main Street in Suffield, Connecticut--on Saturday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday June 13 at 1.p.m.-2:30 p.m. These in-person programs are free. For reservations and more information … Continue reading Event | Slave Dwelling Project comes to the Phelps-Hatheway House in CT this weekend
Anti-black racism has terrorized African Americans throughout the nation’s history, regardless of where in the country they lived. By Christy Clark-Pujara and Anna-Lisa Cox This article was originally published on the blog for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History as the first of a five-part series titled "Black Life in Two Pandemics: Histories of … Continue reading How the Myth of a Liberal North Erases a Long History of White Violence
Engraved stones honoring their lives to be placed at Bush-Holly House through collaboration with Sacred Heart Greenwich, Greenwich Academy Students, and the Witness Stones Project By Cai Pandolfino Greenwich Historical Society will host a ceremony on May 27th at 1 pm to honor the legacy of enslaved persons who resided in Greenwich. Open to the … Continue reading Greenwich (CT) Historical Society to Celebrate the Humanity of the Town’s Enslaved Individuals 5/27
Promoting the untold story of a free family in Salisbury and Sharon, Connecticut. Hosted by Noble Horizons May 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Register here Salisbury, Connecticut: Students from Salisbury School’s Searching for Slavery class, in conjunction with the Upper Housatonic Heritage Area, are excited to screen the premiere of their film, Looking for Color … Continue reading Student film screening: Looking for Color 5/26
By Meadow Dibble What you are looking at is a document chest believed to have belonged to Elijah Cobb (1768–1848), one of New England’s most celebrated sea captains and the founding father of my hometown on Cape Cod. You might even call it a 19th-century black box, since the purpose of this object, like that … Continue reading Building a Better Black Box
Over the past academic year, history teacher Rhonan Mokriski and his students at a high school in Salisbury, Ct have been pursuing a project-based learning course in public history focused on uncovering the lives of free and enslaved African American families in northwestern Connecticut. This blog chronicles that journey. Come join us when students from … Continue reading Come Join Us!
ReMapping New England | 2021 Speaker Series Hosted by Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance Thursday, April 29, 2021 5:00-6:00 p.m. Register here ReMapping New England is an ongoing collaboration between Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance that aims to re-member our communities in all their diversity and radically shift public consciousness toward … Continue reading ABB Event | Whaling Captains of Color with Skip Finley on 4/29
Hosted by the Essex Historical Society, Connecticut The first lecture featured Don Perreault, who presented “Forgotten Voices: A History of Slavery in Saybrook.” A recording of the event, which was held held on March 28, is available on the EHS YouTube channel. The second lecture, "Clo Pratt, a Free Woman of Color during the Revolution" will be held at … Continue reading Event series | A Shared Past: Early African Americans in the Lower Connecticut River Valley
Reimagining New England Histories: Historical Injustice, Sovereignty, and Freedom The Senior Curator of Social Maritime Histories will be responsible for working on curatorial projects of race, Indigenous histories, ethnicity, and diversity in New England's maritime activities as it relates to the collections and site of Mystic Seaport Museum. The Senior Curator will work with Curatorial … Continue reading Job opportunity: Senior Curator of Social Maritime Histories at Mystic Seaport Museum