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Educator Workshop: SPIES!

June 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free – $15.00
Fairfield Museum Spies Exhibition

SPIES! George Washington’s Culper Ring

$15. Free for educators in Bridgeport and Norwalk, undergraduate and graduate students. Please scroll down to register below.
Join us for a fascinating look into the facts and fiction about the Culper Spy Ring originated by George Washington. Learn about Connecticut’s important role in passing secret information from spies who traversed the “Devil’s Belt” between Black Rock in Bridgeport and Setauket, Long Island. Dr. Beth Rose, library director, leads a guided tour of the exhibition, The Spies of George Washington, which presents this story in graphic novel form through the artwork of Kirk Manley.

Featured speaker Rachel Smith discusses how popular culture represents history, with a focus on the popular television series, TURN. Compare and contrast primary sources with representations of people, places and events from movies and television, including Culper Spy Caleb Brewster, Benjamin Tallmadge, strange accents, sordid affairs, the “Turtle” submarine, and depictions of the Connecticut landscape.

Christine Jewell, director of education, presents teacher resources to easily implement in your classroom, including primary sources, student activities, non-fiction text, and online resources.

Rachel Smith
works for the Office of the Connecticut State Historian at the University of Connecticut, as a historical consultant, and as an administrative editor for Common-place, an online academic journal of Early American History. Rachel is the primary historian and webmistress of TURN to a historian. Guest contributors have their own biographical blurbs and contact information at the end of their respective blog posts.

Kirk Manley’s graphic novel, published in conjunction with the exhibition The Culper Ring: The Spies of George Washington! is available for sale.

Participants are invited to stay for the evening program, Museum After Dark: Spies Among Us.

Professional Development generously sponsored by First County Bank Foundation. 


June 13, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free – $15.00
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Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, 06824 United States
(203) 259-1598


Fairfield Museum and Fairfield Garden Club
(203) 259-1598


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