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The Frederick Lee Lectures

All MHS lifetime learners should be sure to put the 2024 Frederick Lee Lectures on your new calendars! This year's theme is “Madison, Then and Now”--and our slate of expert presenters promise an exploration of the ways our iconic structures, our environment, and our industries have changed with the passage of time. Noted for their sharp focus on local and regional history, the Frederick Lee Lectures are now in their seventeenth year. This engaging series of monthly history presentations in midwinter are offered by local scholars, authors, and resident researchers. Each of them has a passion for regional history and a flair for the stories that bind us to the past as they inform the future. Recent themes have focused on local shipbuilding, immigration, notable Madison women, the growth of our summer community, Madison’s historic farms, and the evidence of history in Madison's natural and architectural landscapes.

The 2024 Lectures will be offered in a hybrid format--in person at the First Congregational Church’s Hubley Hall and online via Zoom. The Society is grateful for the support the Lectures receive from the community, and we give special thanks to the Madison Foundation and its Roberta Isleib Fund, which have provided generous financial gifts to fund the Lectures. We thank the First Congregational Church for providing us a home at Hubley Hall, and we offer special gratitude to its staff, who prepare for us and welcome us so warmly. We thank our presenters for the care they take in ensuring that each program is accurate and accessible to an audience of learners from 10 to 110.

2024 Lectures
Madison, Then and Now

January 14
4 pm
The History of the General's Residence
Presenter: Rachel Carley

On Sunday, January 14, architectural historian Rachel Carley will discuss the history of the General’s Residence. Ms. Carley played an essential role in the MHS's recent effort to work in partnership with those who built a replica of this iconic home in the heart of Madison's historic downtown village district.


February 11
4 pm
The Impact of Climate Change on Our Coastline
Presenter: Dr. Juliana Barrett

On Sunday, February 11, Dr. Juliana Barrett from the UConn Connecticut Sea Grant program will explore the impact of climate change on our coastline. Dr. Barrett is an ecologist with a focus on climate adaptation and the conservation, restoration and enhancement  of coastal habitats of Connecticut. In 2021 she was on the faculty team that received one of the UConn Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship.

March 10
4 pm
The History of Local Oystering
Presenter: Meig Walz-Newcomb

On Sunday, March 10, lifelong Madison resident Meig Walz-Newcomb will offer a presentation on the history of local oystering--and its sixfold growth as an industry in recent years. Engaged in oystering endeavors on the southern side of Tuxis Island and on the Neck River, Meig describes herself and her young adult son as survivors of their three-year adventure in an ever-changing environment.


Important Visitor Information

Suggested Admission: $5 adults / FREE to MHS members
Note: The 2024 Lectures will be held in person at the FCC's Hubley Hall and via Zoom.

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


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