The Norwich Historical Society hosts an Annual Meeting, which includes a brief business meeting and report, followed by a program open to the public. The NHS Annual Meeting will be held on Monday March 28, 2022 at 6:00pm via Zoom. Please register in advance for the Zoom link.
Our featured program will be: “James L. Smith, Norwich, and the Underground Railroad in Connecticut: The Ties that Bind.” This presentation will be given by Dr. Stacey Close and focuses on the perilous journey of James L. Smith journey from enslavement to freedom in the North. His journey ties him to the national and state freedom struggle that served to transform the lives of people both in the South and North. The saving grace for many fugitives was the “ties that bind.”
A native of Georgia, Stacey Close has worked in higher education for more than 25 years. A professor of African American history, Close received his Ph.D. and M.A. from The Ohio State University and B.A. from Albany State College, a HBCU in Georgia. He has made paper presentations at conferences such as the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, and Professional and Organizational Development Network. He has published with journals and presses such as the Journal of Negro History, CT Explored, Wesleyan University Press, Garland Publishing, Humanities, and Guilford Press. Some of his other honors include Connecticut State NAACP 100 Most Influential, Eastern Connecticut State University s Faculty Teaching Award, Hartford Courant Magazine’s 12 Hot Professors, and being an American Council on Education Fellow. He has also worked in higher education administration at the department chair level, director level, and senior administration. Close has also served as panelist and guest on shows such as the Smithsonian Channel’s “Blacks and the Space Race,” The Green Book,” and NPR’s Where We Live and Disrupted. He is currently completing work entitled the “Black Hartford Freedom Struggle, 1915-70.”
The Norwich Historical Society’s mission is to help preserve, protect and promote the rich history of Norwich, CT.
The Norwich Historical Society hosts an Annual Meeting, which includes a brief business meeting and report, followed by a program open to the public.
Please join NHS for our Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting on Monday March 22nd at 4:30pm hosted via Zoom.
The Annual Meeting will feature our Executive Director, Regan Miner, giving a presentation of all the past year’s accomplishments and building restoration projects.
The event is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the event and to receive the meeting Zoom link, please register in advance for this meeting.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If you have questions, please contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
With the growing prevalence of COVID-19 in Connecticut, the Norwich Historical Society is monitoring both federal and state guidance on how to minimize exposure to and spread of the virus. Out of an abundance of caution, the Norwich Historical Society is cancelling our Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Reception. This difficult decision was not made lightly, however, the safety of our friends and members is our utmost priority. Thank you for your understanding and support. Please stay safe and be well.
Please join us for the Norwich Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Reception. The Norwich Historical Society’s mission is to help preserve, protect and promote the rich history of Norwich, CT. The Norwich Historical Society hosts an Annual Meeting, which includes a brief business meeting and report, followed by a program open to the public. The Annual Meeting is free and open to the public. The agenda for the evening is below:
From 6:30pm – 6:45pm There will be a short business portion of Annual Meeting and brief overview of the past year
From 6:45pm – 7:15pm local author Tricia Staley will give her short lecture on the Taftville strike of 1875
From 7:15pm- 8:00pm we will have a brief award ceremony and volunteer appreciation reception
The event will be held in the Otis Library’s Community Room.
The Norwich Historical Society’s mission is to help preserve, protect and promote the rich history of Norwich, CT. The Norwich Historical Society hosts an Annual Meeting, which includes a brief business meeting and report, followed by a program open to the public.
The 2019 Annual Meeting will feature two speakers discussing themes related to the recently completed Norwich Freedom Trail. Norwich resident, Lottie B. Scott, will talk about her new book Deep South Deep North: A Family’s Journey. Additionally, Central Connecticut State University Professor, Dr. Robert Wolff, will speak on exploring the makings of American memory, from “bricks and mortar” sites like museums and historic plantations, to digital spaces like Wikipedia. Dr. Wolff’s research and teaching interests lie primarily in the areas of slavery and abolition in the Americas.
Copies of Lottie Scott’s book will be available for sale and signing. There will be light refreshments and this program is free and open to the public. The Annual Meeting will be held in the Story Room near the children’s area at Otis Library.
About the speaker:
Robert S. Wolff received a B.A. with Honors from Swarthmore College in 1988, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1991 and 1998 respectively. He came to Central Connecticut State University in 1997. He served as department chair, 2003-2006, and as assistant to the dean from 2007 until 2012. He teaches an undergraduate methods course that explores the Amistad Revolt in the Atlantic World, advanced undergraduate seminar on African Enslavement in the Americas, and graduate seminar on the U.S. Civil War & Reconstruction.
For graduate students he recently developed a course entitled Slavery and Abolition in American Memory. He is currently at work on two research projects of note. The first is an article-length exploration of evangelicalism in the antebellum antislavery and African colonization movements. The second is a monograph that traces the Amistad Revolt in history and memory, tentatively entitled, Amistad Remembered: History, Memory and the Making of the Abolitionist Past.