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The Frederick Lee Lectures

Now in their fourteenth year, the Frederick Lee Lectures are a series of three monthly history presentations that attract hundreds of lifetime learners each winter. Recent themes have focused on local shipbuilding and immigration, notable Madison women, the growth of the local summer community, and Madison's historic homes and farms. In 2021 the lectures will be presented virtually via Zoom and will focus on slavery and social justice.

The Society is grateful for the support the Lectures receive from the community. The Madison Foundation has provided a generous financial gift to fund the Lectures. We also thank the Town of Madison for offering us use of Memorial Town Hall in the early years of this program and the First Congregational Church for the use of Hubley Hall. The MHS remains delighted to be part of a town that values history and supports local civic organizations.

The 2021 Lectures will be presented via ZOOM. 

2021 Lectures
Sugar, Slavery, and Social Justice

January 10 
4 pm

Onions and Sugar: The Connection Between Connecticut Farms and the West Indies
Presenter: Dr. Matthew Warshauer
From onions to domesticated animals, Connecticut shipped massive amounts of supplies to fuel the sugar produced by slave labor. When the American colonies declared independence, Britain summarily closed access to the islands and in doing so Connecticut’s cash economy came to a grinding halt. The result, even after the Revolution ended, was a total shift in production and in slavery. Join Warshauer as he takes you on an 18th-century voyage through the twists and turns of colonial Connecticut’s changing economy.


February 14
4 pm
Local Stories of Enslaved People
Presenter: Dennis Culliton

Co-founder of the Witness Stones Project and retired history teacher at Guilford's Adams Middle School, Dennis Culliton will explore the lives of local enslaved people. His research aims to restore the history and honor the humanity of the enslaved individuals who contributed to the growth of our community.

March 14
4 pm
Presenter: State Representative Pat Wilson Pheanious

Daughter of a Tuskegee Airman and a descendant of enslaved persons from Guilford, Pat Wilson Pheanious will conclude the lecture series with her talk:  “American Social Justice: Connecting the Past to Our Present and Building a Sustainable Future''. Her talk will explore one American family’s path from enslavement to achievement and why “social justice” for Black people in this country has been an elusive quest.  Drawing on her family experience, she will explore structural obstacles, prerequisites for progress, and how we can achieve inclusion and equitable outcomes inherent in a just society. Pheanious will conclude with thoughts on developing a new American consciousness to achieve the hallowed goal of “liberty and justice for all”. 

Important Visitor Information

Suggested Admission: $5 adults; $4 MHS members; $2 students and children ages 10 and older
Location: Hubley Hall at the Franklin A. Bower Church House
Note: The 2021 Lectures will be held on Zoom.
The First Congregational Church of Madison
On the historic Madison Green (26 Meetinghouse Lane)

All programs are recommended for adults and children 10 and older.

Note: In the event of inclement weather, each program will be delayed until the immediately following Sunday.

For more information, call 203.245.4567

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