Friday, April 26, 7pm – What the Wangunk drank: A history of beverages among the Indigenous people of Wethersfield

Originally scheduled for Friday, March 22, What the Wangunk drank: A history of beverages among the Indigenous people of Wethersfield will be presented by Dr. Katherine Hermes on Friday, April 26 at 7:00 pm.

This lecture will focus on the various liquids Native people drank, from water to teas, to alcohol. The importance of the natural environment in providing sustenance and medicine will be discussed. The European introduction of alcohol into Native communities, conflicts with the colonists over alcohol, and temperance movements that emerged in the 18th century among Indigenous people will also be explored.

Katherine Hermes is the publisher and executive director of Connecticut Explored, Inc. She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and her Ph.D. in Colonial American history from Yale University. She is professor emerita at Central Connecticut State University in the History Department, where she served as department chair and taught courses on Anglo-American legal history and Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands, as well as other courses in Early America. She is the co-author of several articles and book chapters on Native American history in New England and the author of book chapters on Native legal history.

The lecture will be held in the ballroom of The Keeney Memorial Cultural Center (200 Main Street, Wethersfield). Admission is $10 for the general public and free to current members of Wethersfield Historical Society.

XVIth Annual Taste of Wethersfield A Great Success

A huge thank you to the restaurants, caterers, food and beverage purveyors, sponsors, emcees Renee DiNino and Alex P. Taylor,  Ross Tucker and the Hot Cat Jazz Band, and everyone who purchased a ticket. You all made this year’s 16th Annual Taste of Wethersfield  a resounding success.  A wonderful time was had by everybody who came to the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center.. The icing on the cake is that all proceeds generated by this community event help to fund society’s ongoing mission to preserve and promote our town’s history and culture.

For a photo gallery of last night’s festivities and a video from last year’s  “Taste”, visit its dedicated page on the website HERE.

Birds and Desserts Art Exhibit On View March 16 thru April 17, 2024

Wethersfield Historical Society welcomes Don Carter, a.k.a Edgar Alan Slothman and Dora Dylanne Reyes along with the novel fruits of their artistic collaboration back to the Keeney Center. Birds and Desserts returns March 16 through April 17. There will be a unique opportunity to “meet the artists” during  this year’s Taste of Wethersfield on April 6.

Smaller pieces are available for purchase in the visitor’s gift shop while larger prints may be ordered and picked up after the exhibit has closed.