UPCOMING EVENTS

Of Interest to FOSA Members and the General Public

Note: At various times, you may find reference made to hikes given by the State Archaeologist in the list below.
To get an idea of what these are like, please access our YouTube Videos page.

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• Slavery in America and the Underground Railroad

When: September 13, 2017, 7:00PM
Where: Levi E. Coe Library, 414 Main Street, Middlefield, CT 06455
What: From the perspective of someone with biracial family ties, Dr. Rankin will chronicle the development of slavery in America and the heroic efforts of those who championed the abolishment of slavery. The origin and development of the underground railroad will be discussed. The related roles of Harriet Beecher Stowe through her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Abolitionists John P. Parker, Rev John Rankin, William Lloyd Garrison and many others will be shared through a slide presentation, including recentexcavations undertaken at the house of Reverend Rankin, in Ripley, Ohio.

> A forum will be provided for folks to share their thoughts on racism today and ideas to mitigate the various forms of its continuing expression in America.

> To see samples from the slide presentation, please click slides.

> For an article from the New Haven Register discussing the forum and its background, from March 30, 2017, please click forum article.

> For an article from the Hartford Courant, from April 4, 2017, also discussing the forum and its background, please click Courant article.

> To see a reprint of an article written by Dr. Rankin on Daniel Hand, a subject of either his talk or of the forum afterwards, please click Daniel Hand.

> For information on the Rev. John Rankin information, please click here.

> The speaker, Dr. Rankin, a retired Yale trained physician and surgeon, is a member of the Madison Historical Society, the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Friends of Hammonasset, the National Abolition Hall of Fame and St. Andrews Church, Madison, CT.

> To see a video of a discussion between Dr. Rankin and Jan Doyle, on an episode of Branford Public Television's "Classroom Connections" show in this web site, where this subject is discussed -- including a book on this subject: Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad by Ann Hagedorn, please click YouTube Video and click item 19.

Cost: Free.

To register: call the Library at 860-349-3857.

For questions, contact Dr. Rankin at 203-245-9192 or email Don by clicking donandnancyrankin@gmail.com.
To email the Levi Coe Library, click here.


• FOSA Outreach Display: Durham Fair

When: Thursday September 21 thru Sunday September 24 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Where: The Durham Fair is located at the junctions of Routes 68, 17 and 77 in Durham, CT. Our exhibit will be in the Discovery Center located in the Llama Barn.
What: We are looking for volunteers to cover the FOSA Outreach table during the fair:
Thursday, 9/21  4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday, 9/22       9:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday, 9/23   9:00 am to 11:00 pm*
Sunday, 9/24     9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Outreach Chair Kathy Walburn cannot mange the table after 12PM on Saturday, 9/23, and so will need someone to assist on that day.
> Free entry and parking passes are available to all who volunteer at this event. Please check your schedules, and let Kathy know your availability ASAP! This is a new location for FOSA to exhibit, so please consider volunteering at least one of the days. It will be worth the trip!!
> You can email Outreach Chair Kathy Walburn by clicking fosaoutreach@hotmail.com.
> For additional information on the Fair and the Guilford Fairgrounds, please visit their web site at
http://www.durhamfair.com//.


• Brian Jones Talk: "Windsor's Earliest English Settlers: Recent Finds from the John Mason and Oliver Ellsworth Sites"

When: Saturday, September 23, 9:00AM (Dr. Jones' talk begins at 1:00PM)
Where:Matthies Hall at the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, 778 Palisado Avenue, Windsor CT
What: Archaeologists and public field school participants have unearthed clues about Windsor’s early colonial past at two archeological sites over the past three summers. The first was undertaken after the unexpected discovery of a buried house cellar within the original John Mason home lot within the Pequot War-era Windsor Palisade. The second site is located on the property of the Oliver Ellsworth mansion where Francis Stiles established his home lot by 1640. Join Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut’s State Archaeologist who led these excavations, and discover what these recent archaeological explorations in Windsor tell us about Connecticut’s earliest English settlers, and how modern radar-based surveys are helping to find these long-forgotten sites.
Of Note: This venue for this meeting is the Annual Meeting of the Descendents of the Founders of Ancient Windsor (DFAW).
Following is the schedule of events:
9:30-10:00 - Registration and Social Hour: Browse the DFAW displays and sales table and visit the Registrar, Genealogist, and/or Membership Chair with any questions you may have.
10:00-10:30 - Memorial Service.
10:30-11:30 - Annual Meeting, including election of Officers and Board Members.
11:30-12:00 - Break.
12:00- 1:00 - Luncheon Buffet: Grilled marinated turkey breast w/cranberry, Mashed potatoes, Herbed green beans, Butternut squash bake, Garden salad w/dressing, Rolls & butter, Dessert.
1:00- 2:00 - Program: "Windsor's Earliest English Settlers: Recent Finds from the John Mason and Oliver Ellsworth Sites," Dr. Brian Jones
Please click here for a flyer of the meeting, directions, and registration form (seating is somewhat limited). The public is invited, but note that there is an attendance fee.


• Nick Bellantoni Talk: "The Search for Ezra Chamberlin and the CSS Hunley"

When: Monday, September 25, 7:00PM
Where:"The Bill Library", 718 Colonel Ledyard Highway, Ledyard, CT 06339
What: The H.L.Hunley, a Confederate submarine, attacked and sank the USS Housatonic on February 17, 1864. The Hunley became famous when the vessel was raised to the surface on August 8, 2000, with all of the skeletal remains in place. Extensive research on the vessel has been carried out, including an analysis of the human remains. Nick will talk about the history of this submarine and some of the research findings. One, a dog tag bearing the name of Ezra Chamberlin -- a Union soldier from Killingly, CT -- was found within the submarine. Nick visited the family gravesite to try to determine if Chamberlin was buried in the family plot. The entire excavation was paid for by author Clyde Cussler.
> For more info on the C.S.S.Hunley, please click: Friends of the Hunley.
> To contact the Ledyard Public Library call 860-464-9912


• FOSA Outreach Display: Hammonasset Festival

When: Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Where: Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane, Guilford, CT.
What: We are in need of volunteers for the FOSA table at the Hammonassett Festival at the Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane, Guilford, CT. The location of the Festival has been changed because of continued construction in Hammonassett Beach State Park. The Guilford Fairgrounds offer a larger event space with ample parking and protection from the wind, in a comfortable outdoor setting. Set-up starts at 7:30 AM on Saturday, September 30th. Exhibitors are expected to be set up, with cars parked in the designated parking area, by 9:30 AM on both days.

Outreach Chair Kathy Walburn will not be present at this festival due to prior commitments, so she will need a FOSA volunteer to manage the Outreach table for this event. Co-management is an option, as well as many others volunteering, which allow everyone to have an ample opportunity to enjoy the other tables and events going on all weekend at the festival. This is a fantastic event, and we highly encourage anyone to attend even if you choose not to volunteer.
> Admission to the park is free.
> You can email Kathy by clicking fosaoutreach@hotmail.com.
> For additional information on the Fair and the Guilford Fairgrounds, please visit their web site at
http://hammonasset.org/hammonassett-festival/.


• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "New England Vampire Folk Belief: The Archaeological Evidence"

When: Tuesday October 3, 2017; 7:00 PM
Where: Slater Public Library, 26 Main Street, Jewett City, CT
What: Connecticut's State Archaeologist, Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni will shed light on one of the Nutmeg State's most intriguing historical mysteries, the Jewett City Vampires. Dr. Bellantoni will describe the history of the Jewett City vampires, including origins of the beliefs in the undead seeking nourishment from family members and how the living were protected. He will reflect not only on vampires but also on other unexplained mysteries.
> For additional information, call 860-376-0024.


Archaeology Expo includes FOSA Outreach Display

When: Saturday October 14 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Where: Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT (800) 411-9671
What: Bring your family to the Pequot Museum for a day of exploration! Archaeologists and historians from across the region will share their discoveries. There’s something for everyone, from experts and professionals to enthusiasts and kids, don’t miss out!
• tour the Pequot Museum’s archaeology labs
• visit historical sites on the reservation
• archaeology demonstrations
• artifact displays
• kids discovery stations (hands-on activites)
• poster sessions
• flintknapping (stone tool making)
• bow making
• atlatl throwing
• guest speakers
• and more!
This event will be held inside the museum’s Gathering Space with its soaring glass ceiling and acclaimed Native restaurant. There is no charge to enter the Gathering Space.
> You can email Outreach Chair Kathy Walburn by clicking fosaoutreach@hotmail.com.


• Talcottville Walk

When: Saturday, October 14, 1:00PM
Where: Meet in the parking lot at the Talcottville Congregational Church, 10 Elm Hill Road, Vernon CT
What: This will be a three-mile hike to see the Talcottville gorge, historic bridges and buildings, and the sites of former mills. Geologically, the walk will start out on the Portland Arkose, take us over the eastern border fault into the border fault deformed zone, then into the Glastonbury Gneiss, and sand and gravel deposits. Some of the terrain is steep and bumpy, so please wear sturdy sneakers or shoes, and be prepared for some wet spots. Speakers include geologist Gary Robbins, Susan Barlow, and Jon Roe, webmaster of the
Tankerhoosan and Talcottville web sites. The hike will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels.


• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "New England Vampire Folk Belief: The Archaeological Evidence"

When: Thursday October 19, 2017; 6:00 PM
Where: Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Point, Westport, CT
What: Connecticut's State Archaeologist, Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni will shed light on one of the Nutmeg State's most intriguing historical mysteries, the Jewett City Vampires. Dr. Bellantoni will describe the history of the Jewett City vampires, including origins of the beliefs in the undead seeking nourishment from family members and how the living were protected. He will reflect not only on vampires but also on other unexplained mysteries.
> For additional information, call 203-222-1424.


• Archaeological Institute of America: International Archaeology Day

When: Saturday, October 21
What: Please click here to access the Archaeological Institute of America's website relating to International Archaeology Day.



• Nick Bellantoni Walktober Event: Hemlock Glen, Hampton, CT"

When: Monday October 23, 2017; 10:00 AM
Where: Hemlock Glen, junction of Old Kings Highway and Hemlock Glen Road, Hampton, CT
What: Retired State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni will lead an easy walk through picturesque Hemlock Glen in Hampton. The walk will focus on the archaeological remains and history of the mills that once flourished in this small, rural town. The Walk will take approximately 2 hours, and cover 2 miles
> Sponsored by: Hampton Antiquarian and Historical Society, www.hamptonct.org.
> Note: To participate you must register with The Last Green Valley, whose office is 203B Main St. (2nd floor), Danielson, CT. Open Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Phone: 860-774-3300 web site: thelastgreenvalley.org.
> For more information on Walktober events and The Last Green Valley, please click here for a PDF brochure.


• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "New England Vampire Folk Belief: The Archaeological Evidence"

When: Wednesday October 25, 2017; 6:30 PM
Where: Torrington Historical Society, 192 Main Street, Torrington ,CT
What: Connecticut's State Archaeologist, Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni will shed light on one of the Nutmeg State's most intriguing historical mysteries, the Jewett City Vampires. Dr. Bellantoni will describe the history of the Jewett City vampires, including origins of the beliefs in the undead seeking nourishment from family members and how the living were protected. He will reflect not only on vampires but also on other unexplained mysteries.
> To access the Torrington Historical Society's web site, please click here.
> For additional information, call 860-482-8260.


• 12th Annual Native American-Archaeology Roundtable:  "Our Hidden Landscapes: Native American Stone Ceremonial Sites in the North American East"

When: Saturday, October 28, 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Where: Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793
What: Please join us for another rousing Native American-Archaeology Round Table with outstanding presentations and panel discussions by professional researchers and Native American leadership.

The federal government recognizes Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes (CSLs) as significant archaeological sites, yet most people – the general public and professional researchers – know little about them. Oftentimes their stone cultural features are misidentified as “farm clearing,” and subsequently destroyed to make way for suburban expansion or industrial developments. This conference focuses specifically on the identification of CSLs, their physical characteristics, relationships to the cosmos, connections with indigenous world view and sacred stories, and the need for professional archaeologists and s tate officials to identify, catalog and preserve these objects of living history.

Scheduled speakers: Deanna Beacham (Weapemeoc), Jesse Bergevin, Dr. Chris Bergman, Dr. Daniel F. Cassedy, Robert DeFosses, Mary & James Gage, Doug Harris, Dr. Julia A. King, Dr. Paul Loether, Dr. Johannes (Jannie) Loubser, Charity M. Moore, Tom Paul, Dr. Paul A. Robinson, Dr. Laurie Rush, Douglas Schwartz, and Matthew V. Weiss.
Co-Organizers: Dr. Lucianne Lavin (IAIS) and Elaine Thomas (Mohegan).

Cost: Open to the public; pre-registration is required; there is a $10 conference fee. Light refreshments will be served.
To pre-register, you can email mailto:general@iais.museum.org or call 860-868-0518. You can pay the $10 conference fee either over the phone or at the event.

Directions:
Danbury, CT and NY from the West. Take I-84 East to Exit 15. Turn left towards Roxbury on Route 67. At 4th light Route 67 turns left. Follow Route 67 through Roxbury to Route 199. Turn right on to Route 199. Go 3 miles and turn left on to Curtis Road.

Albany and northern NY. Take I-90 East toward Boston to Exit B2 toward NY-295. Merge onto the Taconic State Parkway. Take exit to NY-203. Keep right and turn right onto NY-203. Turn right onto NY-22. Take slight left onto NY-71, which becomes MA-71.Turn left onto MA-41/MA-23S. Turn right onto US 7. Follow south and take left onto CT-45. Take left onto CT-202, then a right on CT-47. Take right on CT-199 and follow 1.4 miles to Curtis Road on your right.

From Hartford, Waterbury and CT from the East. Take I-84 West to Exit 15. Turn right towards Roxbury on Route 67. At 3rd light Route 67 turns left. Follow Route 67 thru Roxbury to Route 199. Turn right on to Route 199. Go 3 miles and turn left on to Curtis Road. From Western CT Take Route 7 to New Milford and Route 67. Take Route 67 towards Roxbury. Turn left on to Route 199. Go 3 miles and turn left on to Curtis Road.


For additional information, call 860-868-0518 or email round table organizer and moderator Dr. Lucianne Lavin at llavin@iaismuseum.org. You can access the IAIS web site by clicking iaismuseum.org.


• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "Morturay Practices in Historic New England"

When: Saturday October 28, 2017, 2:00 PM
Where: 10 Levinthal Road, Stafford Springs, CT
What: Connecticut's State Archaeologist, Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni will shed light on the varying ways New Englanders prepared their dead for burial, and the reasons for doing so.
> For additional information, call 860-684-2128.
Note: While not a requirement, the Library is requesting that you call ahead and let them know you're coming.


• Eastern States Archaeological Federation (EASF) - Annual Meeting

When: Thursday-Sunday, November 2-5, 2017
Where: Holiday Inn, 35 Governor Winthrop Blvd, New London, CT 06320
What: Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and the ASC. Thursday, November 2 will include a tour of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and the site of a 17th century fort nearby. Friday through Sunday will feature papers delivered by archaeologists representing 12 states from Virginia to Maine, and a Saturday night banquet with Kevin McBride as the featured speaker. ESAF has not met in Connecticut since 1989, so this is a rare opportunity to see the very latest in archaeology from around the east
Additional Information, will be available shortly. For now, check the ASC web site by clicking www.ctarchaeologyasc.org or check the EASF web site by clicking www.esaf-archeology.org.


• FOSA Outreach Display: Archaeology Day at the Westport Library

When: Saturday Saturday November 11 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Where: 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT
> You can email Outreach Chair Kathy Walburn by clicking fosaoutreach@hotmail.com.
> You can visit the Library's web site by clicking
http://westportlibrary.org/.
> You can contact the Library by calling 203-291-4800.

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"History Channel: MysteryQuest: Hitler's Escape with Dr. Nick Bellantoni"
When: repeated at various times during 2017. Check your local listings!
Where: History Channel
What: Former CT State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni was requested by the History Channel to travel to both Germany and Moscow to study the remains which are said to be those of Adolph Hitler. It was a tremendous adventure for Dr. Bellantoni; and good reviews for UConn as well. Watch the History Channel to hear the whole story!

• "Travel Channel: Mysteries At the Museum on Griswold Vampire Case
When: repeated at various times during 2017. Check your local listings!
Where: Travel Channel
What: The "Griswold Vampire Case" began with the uncovering of 29 graves in an abandoned cemetery set in a now-eroding rock pit. In one of the graves the bones had been rearranged, following an exhumation of the deceased. Looking into this more deeply, Nick became involved in vampire legends which existed in eastern Connecticut and western Rhode Island, especially in the late-18th to late 19th centuries. It turned out that these kinds of exhumations and bone-rearrangings were an attempt by people whose families were being devastated by tuberculosis, who trying to save their families using beliefs and methods originating from eastern Europe.
For additional information: Do a Google search on "vampires" to find items on this within this web site, including a video of a talk given by Nick at Quinnipiac University in 2013 and a book, Food For the Dead, in which additional background information is provided.

"Science Channel: Secrets of the Underground: "Secret History of the New World"
When: available after original airing on Science Channel, at https://www.sciencechannelgo.com/
Where: Science Channel
What: Dr. Jones will be appearing in the Science channel show "Secrets of the Underground" premiering March 28 at 10:00 PM. The episode is entitled "Secret History of the New World." Dr. Jones will be providing context on the Gungywamp ruins in Groton.



OTHER GROUPS' UPCOMING EVENTS


Archaeological Society of Connecticut

Conference on New England Archaeology

CT Archaeology Center / Office of State Archaeology

Connecticut Gravestone Network (Facebook)

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History

Ellington Historical Society

Friends of Center Cemetery

Friends of Hammonassett

Historical Society of Glastonbury

Institute for American Indian Studies

Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club

Madison Historical Society

Museum of Connecticut Glass

Scranton Memorial Library