The Frederick Lee Lectures
Now in their seventeenth 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 2023 the lectures will be offered in a hybrid format–on site at the First Congregational Church and online via Zoom. The series will raise awareness of the importance of preservation in retaining the historic character of a place.
The Society is grateful for the support the Lectures receive from the community. The Madison Foundation and the John Brady and Roberta Isleib Fund have provided a generous financial gift to fund the Lectures. We also thank the Town of Madison for offering us the 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 2024 lectures will be presented in person and online.
Preserving Madison's Built Environment
Preserving Connecticut's Cultural Heritage
Presenters: Jonathan Kinney & Mary Dunne
The series will open with a presentation by two representatives of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO.) Architectural Historian Mary Dunne and Director of Operations Jonathan Kinney will provide an overview of the programs and services available to municipalities, nonprofits, local advocates, and owners of historic properties. Their engaging talk will set the stage for the later lectures by defining the importance of historic preservation and by sharing information about useful preservation resources.
Tales from a Historic Homeowner
Presenter: Phoebe Schreiner
Local realtor and Instagram personality Phoebe Schreiner will offer her presentation, “Tales from a Historic Homeowner,” on January 29. A lifelong New Englander, Schreiner and her family are restoring their “West Wind Farmhouse” and its adjacent barns on Green Hill Road. The lecture will highlight the home’s history, examine its original construction date, discuss the characteristics and qualities unique to the house, and explore the experience of living in a historic property while undertaking restoration and redesign projects. The talk will offer the dual perspectives of a realtor with deep knowledge of the marketplace and a homeowner with deep respect for the history of the property.
Sympathetic Restoration & Design Solutions for Historic Homes
Presenters: Travis and Felicia Gulick
Local renovation and design experts Travis and Felicia Smith Gulick will offer a presentation on the challenges of integrating modern conveniences in historic houses while retaining their original architectural elements. The pair will offer helpful information on determining the style of historic homes and will provide resources for period-appropriate color schemes, architectural details, and the sourcing of historic building materials. Examples of local historic home renovations that combine the craftsmanship of the past with modern design elements will be offered to show how historic homes can be updated to create appeal for generations to come.
Preservation Efforts to Restore Lee's Academy
Presenters: Geoff Buell & Alex Gerrish
General contractor Geoff Buell of Buell Construction will provide an update on the extensive renovations that have been ongoing at Lee’s Academy. This iconic Madison structure located on the green has been part of the town’s built environment for more than two hundred years. Alex Gerrish, who researched the history of the building, will open the talk with a brief history of the building and an explanation of how it came to rest in its current location. Buell will discuss the recent preservation efforts, which have included structural improvements and adaptations that will enable access to all members of the community.
Important Visitor Information
Suggested Admission: $5 adults / FREE to MHS members
Note: The 2023 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.
Note: Please check the website for updates in the event of inclement weather.