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History Bites: Black Rock Harbor Light – Its Past, Present and Future
September 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pmFree – $5
Monthly on a Wednesday, 12:30pm – 1:30pm.
September 19: Black Rock Harbor Light – Its Past, Present and Future
This talk will examine the history of Black Rock Harbor Light (also known as Fayerweather Lighthouse) including a look at the evolution of its lighting system, its importance to the commercial development of Black Rock Harbor and the life and work of legendary lighthouse keeper Kate Moore. Additionally, examine preservation efforts undertaken by the Black Rock Community Council including installation of a solar powered lighting system and ongoing initiatives to protect this important historic structure. Presented by Bruce Williams, Local Historian and Co-Author of Bridgeport on the Sound and Phil Blagys, Chair of the Black Rock Community Council History Program
October 17: Discovering the Jewish History of Bridgeport and Fairfield
Learn about the history of Jewish communities in Fairfield County from colonial times to the present with a presentation from the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County and Fairfield Museum staff. Bring along any information about local businesses, family photographs, immigration documents, notable individuals, and community organizations in the Bridgeport-Fairfield area that you would like to share – and help us document the community’s history.
November 14: Film: Connecticut Goes Dry
In 1920, the 18th Amendment was enacted banning the sale of alcohol across the country. However, in our “land of steady habits,” alcohol consumption was a habit that proved hard to break. In the CPTV original documentary, Prohibition: Connecticut Goes Dry, filmmakers Jennifer Boyd and Sara Conner explore Connecticut’s unique role in the prohibition movement, from the early temperance advocates of Litchfield to the lawless rum runners of Long Island Sound. The program explores the creation, rise and fall of prohibition in the state. Length: 1 hour.
Members: Free; Non-Members: $5 suggested donation. Please bring a bagged lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.