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Focus on Fairfield: Spring Speaker Series– Jennifer McLaughlin’s “Encounters in Colonial Fairfield”

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


In this 4-session course at the Fairfield Museum, scholars and community leaders will share their perspectives related to diverse aspects of the town’s history. The course will cover pre-contact Indigenous History, and will consider citizen advocacy from the colonial times to the present. It will look at how important events in our history have shaped present democracy, and will consider some of the challenges and opportunities we are facing in the future.

For our second session, Sacred Heart University History Faculty member Jennifer McLaughlin will examine the social, economic and political nature of European settlement and development in colonial Fairfield during the 17th and 18th centuries. We will pay particular attention to Fairfield’s ties to the Atlantic World and the impact of slavery, the role of religion in the town’s foundation, gender relations, and encounters with Native Americans.

Jennifer McLaughlin has been a member of the history faculty at Sacred Heart University since 2003. She teaches courses on colonial and Revolutionary America, African-American history, American Environmental History, and the British Empire. She is also the Executive Director of Student Advising and Success at Sacred Heart.

Other speakers in the series include: 

April 28th: Dr. Kevin McBride, noted archeologist and UConn professor will give an overview of CT’s Indigenous history and how the Pequot War ushered in the European settlement of Fairfield. Attendees will get a sneak peak of artifacts discovered in Southport from the 1637 Great Swamp Fight.

May 26th: Dr. Matthew Warshauer, professor of history at CCSU, will explore the Civil War era in his talk Copperheads in the Neighborhood: Fairfield County’s Opposition to the Civil War.

June 2nd: Fairfield To Come: This lively panel discussion will share insights about what is happening in our town today and how our future might unfold. Moderated by Fairfield Museum Director, Michael Jehle, participants include Brenda Kupchick, Fairfield’s First Selectwoman, Beverly Balaz, President of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, David Brant, Executive Director, Aspetuck Land Trust, and Scott Jarzombek, Town Librarian.

The cost is $15 per session or $50 for all four sessions. Registration is required.


May 5
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824 United States
(203) 259-1598


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