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Normally, MRHS membership meetings are held in the Parish Hall of the Mystic Congregational Church, with doors opening at 7:00pm for refreshments and the program beginning at 7:30pm.  All membership meeting programs are free for MRHS members and are open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.  During the coronavirus pandemic, a different approach is being taken for these meetings, as described below.

For more information, please contact MRHS at info@mystichistory.org or call 860-536-4779 during office hours.

 

Spring 2021 Membership Meetings

The speakers for the Spring 2021 MRHS membership meetings are as follows:

March 24, 2021: Gail MacDonald, "Hidden History of Mystic and Stonington"

May 22, 2021: Steven Slosberg, "Stonington Cemetery's Poet's Corner: A Stroll Along This Storied Lane"

 

March 24, 2021 - Gail MacDonald

"Hidden History of Mystic and Stonington"

Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald will talk about her new book, "Hidden History of Mystic and Stonington," via Zoom at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

The book focuses on the little known events, forgotten places and long-ago residents who helped shape the community. Many of the book's stories center on ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives, such as the African-American sisters who ran a Pawcatuck inn that catered to black tourists in the era of segregation, the native Americans who found respect in a far-away land after abandoning their whaling ship, the school official who once lived in the town's almshouse, the many immigrants whose work once powered the mills and quarries in town and the women who were the wives, sisters and mothers of the town's commercial fishermen. The book includes a wide variety of stories that highlight the seafaring, industrial, suburban and agricultural past in town and encompasses significant stories from Stonington village, Mystic, Old Mystic and Pawcatuck. 

MacDonald is a member of the University of Connecticut's journalism faculty in Storrs and a veteran, award-winning journalist with an intense interest in local history. Her work has been published in The New York Times, USA Today, The Providence Journal, Hartford Courant, Rhode Island Monthly, American Artist, Vermont Life and many other publications. She is a former reporter for The Day of New London. Her first book "Morton F. Plant and the Connecticut Shoreline," was published by The History Press in 2017.

 

May 22, 2021 - Steven Slosberg

"Stonington Cemetery's Poet's Corner: A Walk Along This Storied Lane"

 

Steven Slosberg will discuss the Poet's Corner in Stonington Cemetery at 1pm on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Stonington Cemetery.  "Poet's Corner" is the resting place for two Pulitzer Prize-winning poets (one of whom won two Pulitzers); a best-selling suspense writer whose novels became Hollywood films in the 1930's and '40's; her daughter, a memoirist and biographer who wrote a renowned book about her garden; several journalists, including the editor-in-chief of Newsweek; an esteemed editor for a major New York publishing house; an author of children's books, and her husband, a radio and television writer; a Steujban Glass master designer and also a novelist, as well as other writers and artists. As has been said, should they all reappear, what a summer cocktail party it would be.  We will stroll among them.

 

Steven Slosberg grew up in Norwich and graduated from Norwich Free Academy.  He majored in history at Oberlin College, and began his journalism career at The Chronicle in Willimantic in 1973.  He worked for The New London Day from 1975 through 2007.  Steven currently writes weekly stories for The Westerly Sun and the Mystic River Press.