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Tories, Spies, and Traitors: Divided Loyalty in Revolutionary Connecticut
October 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ridgefield Historical Society, 4 Sunset Lane
Join us for a Live Zoom Webinar hosted by Natalie Belanger, Adult Programs Manager, Connecticut Historical Society in which she asks, Which side are you on?
That’s the question that every single person in Connecticut had to answer in 1775, as the thirteen colonies began a rebellion against British rule. Loyalty was not only a matter of words or opinion. For soldiers and civilians alike, loyalty could mean loss of fortune, of friends, and even of life. This online presentation with Q&A includes a look at the fall from grace of the one-time hero of the Battle of Ridgefield, Benedict Arnold. It will also reveal stories—some well known, some obscure—of Nutmeggers who risked and sacrificed to support their chosen side during this “tumultuous jarring time of civil war.”
Natalie Belanger is the Adult Programs Manager at the Connecticut Historical Society. She holds a B.A. in history from Smith College and an M.A. in women’s history from the University of Maryland. She has worked in museum education for most of her career, and also teaches history courses at Manchester Community College and other area colleges.