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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• Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "Uncovering Connecticutís Past: Recent Discoveries from the Office of State Archaeology""

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018; 3:00 PM
Where: Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn, Storrs, CT
What: At ongoing archaeological digs the past three summers, archaeologists unearthed rich data about Connecticutís early colonial past. Join Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticutís State Archaeologist who led these excavations, and discover what these recent archaeological explorations in Windsor, Glastonbury, and Columbia tell us about Connecticutís earliest European settlers.
Cost: No pre-registration or cost; open to the public.
For more info and directions from the CSMNH, please click here.


• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "The Search for Ezra Chamberlin"

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018; 7:00 PM
Where: Avon Senior Center, 635 Avon Road, Avon, CT
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.

Please Note: Nick's talk is part of a larger presentation, titled "The Story of the H.L. Hunley Submarine: Its Connection to Connecticut History", running from January 8 thru February 28, 2018 at the Avon Free Public Library.
> To see a flier for this event, please click Hunley Flier.
> For a press release on this event, please click Hunley Press Release.
> For more information on the C.S.S.Hunley, please click: Friends of the Hunley.


• Don Rankin Speaking Engagement: "Slavery in America and the Underground Railroad"

When: Thursday, February 1, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Where: Prosser Library, One Tunxis Ave, Bloomfield, CT
Sponsor: Prosser Library and the Wintonbury Historical Society
What: From the perspective of someone with biracial family ties, Dr. Don 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 Tomís Cabin, Abolitionists John P. Parker, Rev John Rankin, William Lloyd Garrison and many others will be shared through a slide presentation, including recent excavations 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 a similar article from the Hartford Courant, from April 4, 2017, 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.
> 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: No charge, but registration is requested.
To register, please call 860-769-3558.
For Questions: please call the Library at 860-243-9721.


• Kenneth Feder Speaking Engagement: "Ancient America: Fifty Archaeological Sites to See For Yourself"

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018; 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Where: FSPL Program Room, 725 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT
What: Central Connecticut State University Anthropology Professor, raconteur, and storyteller Kenny Feder will inspire you to visit unique archaeological sites as he talks about his book, Ancient America: Fifty Archaeological Sites to See for Yourself. His odyssey begins with his research in Connecticut, including the Farmington Valley, and continues across the breadth of the United States. Hear about seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century European explorers and settlers in the American Midwest and Southeast who wrote about their encounters with pyramid building farmers whose population centers were surrounded by miles of cornfields and whose societies were ruled by powerful kings. In the American Southwest, European writers witnessed the remnants of beautiful buildings ensconced in nearly inaccessible cliff niches, leaving the viewer with the impression of castles suspended in mid-air. The remains of many of these monuments, sites, and works of art still exist and can be visited by the archaeological time-traveler.
Cost:No charge but registration is required.
To Register: Call 860-658-7663, ext. 4, or click simsburylibrary.info and then click "Event Calendar" under the "Programs" drop-down.


• Don Rankin Speaking Engagement: "Slavery in America and the Underground Railroad"

When: Tuesday, February 13, 6:30PM
Where: Middletown Senior Center, 61 Durant Ave, Middletown,CT
Sponsor: Middlesex County Historical Society
What: From the perspective of someone with biracial family ties, Dr. Don 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 Tomís Cabin, Abolitionists John P. Parker, Rev John Rankin, William Lloyd Garrison and many others will be shared through a slide presentation, including recent excavations 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 a similar article from the Hartford Courant, from April 4, 2017, 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.
> 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; no registration required
For Questions: please call the Senior Center at 860-344-3513.


• Don Rankin Speaking Engagement: "Slavery in America and the Underground Railroad"

When: Thursday, February 15, 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Where: Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury,CT
Sponsor: Simsbury Public Library
What: From the perspective of someone with biracial family ties, Dr. Don 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 Tomís Cabin, Abolitionists John P. Parker, Rev John Rankin, William Lloyd Garrison and many others will be shared through a slide presentation, including recent excavations 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 a similar article from the Hartford Courant, from April 4, 2017, 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.
> 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: please click register here.
For Questions: please call the Library at 860-344-3513.


• 2018 Bauer Series: Nature / Archaeology Hike

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018 1:00 PM
Where: Starting at Meigs Point, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT (behind the Nature Center)
What: Led by Gary Nolf and Don Rankin, representing Friends of the Office of State Archaeology and Friends of Hammonasset. Hopefully we can spot some seals sunning themselves off Meigs Point.
> Archaeology exhibits will be available in the Nature Center from 11:00AM to 3:00PM; folks can bring their own artifacts for interpretation.
> The atlatl will be demonstrated. Folks participate at their own risk and should dress for wintry conditions.
> The event is free and open to the public.
> Kindly reserve a spot, please click reserve.
> Please Note: Pets will not be permitted on the hike.
> To access the Friends of Hammonasset's Bauer Series web site, please click Bauer Series.
> For additional information call Don at 860-658-7663.


• Don Rankin Speaking Engagement: "Slavery in America and the Underground Railroad"

When: Wednesday, February 21, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Where: Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT
Sponsor: Madison Historical Society
What: From the perspective of someone with biracial family ties, Dr. Don 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 Tomís Cabin, Abolitionists John P. Parker, Rev John Rankin, William Lloyd Garrison and many others will be shared through a slide presentation, including recent excavations 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 a similar article from the Hartford Courant, from April 4, 2017, 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.
> 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: please call the Library at 203-245-7365.
For Questions: please call the Library at 203-245-7365.


• Don Rankin Speaking Engagement: "Slavery in America and the Underground Railroad"

When: Wednesday, March 14, 1:15PM - 2:45PM
Where: UConn, Vernon Cottage, Witryol Place, Storrs, CT
Sponsor: Center for Learning in Retirement - membership not required to attend
What: From the perspective of someone with biracial family ties, Dr. Don 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 Tomís Cabin, Abolitionists John P. Parker, Rev John Rankin, William Lloyd Garrison and many others will be shared through a slide presentation, including recent excavations 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 a similar article from the Hartford Courant, from April 4, 2017, 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.
> 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: please call Marilyn Diaz at 860-570-9012 .
For Questions: please call Marilyn Diaz at 860-570-9012 .


• Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club Lecture: "Archaeology: Exploring Connecticutís Past"

When: Sunday, March 18, 2018; 3:00PM
Where: Research Building (Meeting Room), Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT
What: In our continuing Lecture Series, the Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club (LHAC) welcomes avocational archaeologist and author Michael Bouchard as our first presenter in 2018. In his talk Archaeology: Exploring Connecticutís Past, Mr. Bouchard will provide an interpretative review of four archaeological site reports that he authored: "The Paleo Project - Paleo-Indian Migration Patterns in Connecticut", "The Baldwin Station Site (Milford)", "The Laurel Beach Site (Milford)", and "The Joshua Bouchard Site, an Isolated Frontenac Island Workshop (Shelton)". This lecture is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
Cost: $5 lecture fee; Free to LHAC members; $10 for museum admission and lecture.
For directions please consult the IAIS web site at www.iaismuseum.org/hours-admission/directions/ or call the Museum 860-868-0518.


• FOSA ANNUAL MEETING

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018; 1:00PM business meeting, 2:00PM guest speaker. Snow Date: Sunday, March 25.
Where: Farmington High School Auditorium,10 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT
What: Guest Speaker: Dr. Christa M. Beranek, Research Scientist, Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA. The title of her talk will be "Recent Archaeological Finds at the Pilgrims' First Settlement: Burial Hill, Plymouth, MA."
Cost: General Admission - $10.00; Non-Farmington Students with ID - $5.00; FOSA, ASC, CSMNH, Farmington students & faculty admitted free with ID
> For a draft flyer of the meeting, please click here.
> Additional details will be posted as we receive them.


• Ancient Technologies Workshop: Flint Knapping

When: Saturday, May 19, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Ė UConn, Storrs, CT
Where: Farmington High School Auditorium,10 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT
What: Flint knapping is the production of stone tools with sharp edges created by percussion and pressure. This technology was used by all societies before the introduction of metal working. Stone was traditionally used to make spear and dart points, arrow heads, knives, scrapers, blades and many other tools. It was also used in historic times to manufacture gun flints. You may have seen these stone artifacts exhibited in museums; now is your chance to make and use them! Artifacts from the collections of the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History will be examined and discussed as well. Discover the history and art of flint knapping. Join CT State Archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones and FOSA member Scott Brady, to learn how archaeologists identify and date these tools.
Note1: Work gloves are recommended as the knapped stones are sharp.
Note2: Adults and children ages 14 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Advance registration is required: $50 (includes material fee).
To register: For online registrations, please click online; or, click printable form to access a PDF file to download and send in via postal mail.


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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