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Focus on Fairfield: Spring Speaker Series– Kevin McBride’s “History of the Pequot War”

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

$15.00 – $50.00

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 the first event of our speaker series, join Kevin McBride for his talk on the Pequot War. Have you ever wondered why there are so many things named “Pequot” in Fairfield? Join us for our first session featuring esteemed archeologist and expert on the 17th century Pequot War, Dr. McBride, who will share recent research and exciting archeological discoveries from Indigenous Histories in Southwestern Connecticut. McBride will provide an overview of Native history in the area, and will discuss how the Pequot War and 1637 Great Swamp Fight that occurred in Southport laid the groundwork for the English settlement of this area. He will share newly discovered archeological artifacts discovered from the Great Swamp Fight.

Dr. Kevin McBride is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. He was the Director of Research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and has led the Battlefields of the Pequot War project since 2007. He specializes in the Colonial & Native American Archaeology in the Northeast and has focused on applying Battlefield Archaeology and remote sensing techniques to research in the region.

Other Series Events Include:

May 5th: Jennifer McLaughlinfrom SHU’s history department will discuss the fascinating history of colonial Fairfield and how the turmoil of the Revolution forged this new community.

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.


April 28
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
$15.00 – $50.00
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Fairfield Museum
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, 06824 United States
(203) 259-1598


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