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Focus on Fairfield: Spring Speaker Series– Matthew Warshauer’s “Copperheads in the Neighborhood: Fairfield County’s Opposition to the Civil War”

May 26 @ 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 considers citizen advocacy and history from the colonial times to the present. It looks at how important events in our history have shaped present democracy, and considers some of the challenges and opportunities we may face in the future.

For our third session of the four-part FMHC Spring Lecture Series, Dr. Matthew Warshauer will speak about Fairfield and the Civil War. Warshauer is a Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and served from 2009-2015 as the co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Connecticut’s experiences during the war and his work on Copperheads, the northern Democratic peace movement, has changed the way national scholars think about Civil War dissent in the North. From 2003-2011 he was editor of the journal, Connecticut History and created the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission in 2009. Warshauer’s books include Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival (2011) and Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essay’s on One State’s Struggles (2014). 

Other series events 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 5th: Jennifer McLaughlin, from SHU’s history department will discuss the fascinating history of colonial Fairfield and how the turmoil of the Revolution forged this new community.

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 course will run from 6:00-7:15 pm.  The cost is $15 per session or $50 for all four sessions. Members may participate at a cost of $15 per session or $50 for all four sessions. Registration is required. 


May 26
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Fairfield Museum
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Fairfield, 06824 United States
(203) 259-1598


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(203) 259-1598


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