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Do-It-Yourself Activity

Explore Cornwall as a family!

For a fun DIY family activity come to the Cornwall Historical Society and pick up a copy of our Local History Activity leaflets. Created in conjunction with the current map exhibition, each leaflet includes activities that will help you explore Cornwall’s history using maps. Reading a Map encourages young people to discover what kinds of information are provided by maps, and Street Signs and Place Names emphasizes the clues about a community’s local history that often can be found in the names of street, roads and other places in the community.

Saturday, August 7

Summer Reception
4 to 6 p.m.

On Saturday, August 7, CHS is hosting a Summer Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate our new exhibition MAP STORIES. If you have not yet visited the exhibit, now is your chance. Join us for refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and an evening of fun and learning!

MAP STORIES showcases select maps from the CHS collection both current and historical. The centerpiece of the exhibition is an eight-foot map of Cornwall compiled by George C. Harrison (1840-1907). Harrison was for many years Cornwall’s town clerk and also a judge of probate and a surveyor. He completed the map in 1896 after some 40 years of labor. His map is a reconstruction of Cornwall land grants made from written records. In addition to maps of Cornwall, the exhibition showcases other maps of interest, including a rare map from 1858 owned by Major General John Sedgwick.

Norman Dorsen Lecture
Sunday, September 12

Norman Dorsen Annual Lecture, Talk by Dr. Kristen Keegan
Time/Location to be decided

Dr. Keegan will speak about the various maps presented in the exhibition, touching on their relationships to the history and culture of Connecticut, and also on the physical processes of their production.

Dr. Keegan holds an MA in history and a Ph.D. in geography, and during her career has focused on history, historic architecture, and historical geography, fields that require extensive use of and knowledge about historic maps. She has worked in the field of cultural resource management in New England and New York for over twenty years, and seized occasional opportunities to contribute to academic work as far afield as Africa, Mexico, and the American Midwest, as well as topics closer to home. She attempts to issue a free monthly newsletter, Historical Notions, and is in business as Bywater Historical Services LLC.