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Lecture: The Constitution of 1818 with Walt Woodward

January 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Litchfield Historical Society, 7 South Street
Litchfield, CT 06759 United States

Join the Litchfield Historical Society for a special lecture, “Trouble in the Land of Steady Habits: The Constitution of 1818” by Connecticut State Historian, Dr. Walter Woodward on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Connecticut in 1818 was in many ways similar to Connecticut in 2018: a troubled state that was seeking a new direction. This lecture will highlight the perfect storm of crises-environmental, economic, demographic, religious, and political-that converged in the middle of the 18180s. The outcome forced the state to rethink the ways it had been conducting affairs from the previous two centuries. The comprehensive nature of the problem, and the accidental events that ultimately produced the constitutional transformation offer essential insights for our equally challenging time.

Dr. Walt Woodward is the fifth person to hold the position of State Historian, which was created in the 1930s in preparation for Connecticut’s 300th anniversary. The State Historian is appointed by the trustees of the University of Connecticut, and is a faculty member in the UConn Department of History. Prof. Woodward is a scholar of Early American and Atlantic World history, with an emphasis on Connecticut and New England. His research interests cover a variety of subjects, including witchcraft, alchemy and the history of science, the use of music in Early America, and environmental history. He received his Ph. D. with Distinction from the University of Connecticut in 2001, and has served as State Historian since 2004.

This lecture is free for members and $5 for non-members. Space is limited and registration is required. Payment is required with registration. To register, call (860) 567-4501 or email For more information about this or other programs, please visit


January 27
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Litchfield Historical Society


Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street
Litchfield, CT 06759 United States
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