Author Series 2014
EXPLORE AFRICAN AMERICAN CONNECTICUT
Meet the Author: Dr. Stacey Close
On Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to a presentation and book signing featuring Dr. Stacey Close, one of the authors of African American Connecticut Explored. The book is a collaboration between Connecticut Explored magazine and several authors and historians. Dr. Close is a history professor at ECSU and will discuss the 20th century portion of the book’s focus.
The book documents an array of subjects beginning around 1630 and continuing well into the 20th century. The voice of Connecticut’s African Americans rings clear through topics such as the Black Governors of Connecticut, nationally prominent black abolitionists like the reverends Amos Beman and James Pennington and the African American community’s response to the Amistad trial.
Dr. Close will discuss the Civil Rights movement in the Greater Hartford area during the mid-twentieth century. Dr. Close was recently named one of the 100 most influential African Americans in Connecticut by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is the interim associate vice president for equity and diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University.
The book will be available for purchase through the museum shop in January 2014. An e-book will also be released soon.
PILGRIMS TO PATRIOTS
Meet the Author: Alex Bugaeff
On Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m., meet author Alex Bugaeff, who recently published Pilgrims to Patriots: A Grandfather Tells the Story. Bugaeff tells the early history of America in language that young children can understand, yet even adults will find interesting.
Families can hear the tale of Molly Pitcher, an American legend who took her husband's place at a canon in the Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey. Kids and parents alike will love hearing the story come to life. Afterward, kids can see how Molly could have loaded a canon and hear the boom it would have made- all with simple items like a bean bag, a pole, an old baseball, and a computer.
Paul Lappen, a Connecticut reviewer said, "Start with "excellent" and go on from there; that's how good this book really is. The chapters are only a few pages long, and the stories are told in a much more entertaining way than the average school textbook. For any young person, or any adult, who wants to learn more about early American history, this is the place to start."
The event is free to the public. Pilgrims to Patriots will be available for purchase and signing by the author after the event. The museum, including Noah's Discovery Learning Space will be open from 1-4 p.m. Regular admission applies to historic house tours.
CONNECTICUT AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
Meet the Authors
On Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Noah Webster House will host up to 20 Connecticut authors! Save the date- more information is coming soon.