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Matilda Browne: The Quiet Rebel with Guest Curator Susan Larkin @ The Florence Griswold Museum
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Susan Larkin, Guest Curator for the exhibition, Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden, on view February 10 through May 28, 2017.

In a career spanning five decades, Matilda Browne challenged the stereotypes about women artists. She made cattle painting her specialty, invading a traditionally male domain. Yet she also dared to favor floral subjects, often dismissed as the province of schoolgirls and genteel ladies. Guest curator Larkin will explore Browne’s career, revealing unexpected aspects of her work. Catalogues of the exhibition will be available for purchase.

Fascinating Chester History! @ Chester Meeting House
Feb 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Save the date to learn some fascinating Chester history! Sunday, February 26, the Chester Historical Society will host a program by Tom Marshall about the inkwells and inkstands made by Chester’s Silliman Company in the 19th century. Tom grew up in Chester on High Street and has been collecting Silliman products for decades. (As a matter of fact, his collection won a blue ribbon at last year’s Chester Fair.) The program will be at 4:30 p.m. in the Meeting House in Chester and is free. More details to come!

Durham Library Writers’ Workshop @ Durham Public Library
Mar 4 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Durham Library Writers' Workshop @ Durham Public Library | Durham | Connecticut | United States

Keynote Address — Alice Mattison
“The Pleasures and Perils of Writing a Novel”
Alice Mattison (The Kite and the String, etc.) will discuss what may go right and wrong when you are the lucky and cursed person with an impulse you can’t ignore to write a book-length work of fiction.

Panel Discussion on the Publishing Process
Leslie Bulion, Peachtree Publishers
Kristan Higgins, Harlequin
Diana Ross McCain, Globe Pequot & Self-Published

Once you’ve written a novel, what comes next? Hear from our distinguished panel of authors on how to get published. Topics include: self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. finding a literary agent, working with editors, and more.

All are welcome.

The Not So Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife @ Killingworth Firehouse
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Velya Jancz-Urban & Killingworth Library Present

Perhaps women need to be reminded of how far we’ve come in order to see how far we still can go. Discover what life was really like for New England’s colonial women – because we’ve always been curious about: menstruation, sex & birth control, childbirth, sickness & medicine. The Not-So-Good Life of The Colonial Goodwife not only makes audience members laugh and grimace, but it also honors our foremothers. It’s not about quilting bees and spinning wheels – it’s an interactive presentation about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women.

Velya Jancz-Urban is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, and expert on New England’s colonial women. Her presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife, is a result of the research completed for her novel, Acquiescence.

The entertainingly-informative program will be held at the Killingworth Firehouse, 333 Route 81 in Killingworth, on Wednesday, March 8 at 7pm. Even history buffs will learn a thing or two.

The event is free but advance sign up is encouraged. Please call the Killingworth Library at 860.663.2000 or visit www.killingworthlibrary.org for additional details.

The Frederick Lee Lectures @ First Congregational Church
Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Madison Historical Society presents George King and Jeff Klinger – Sirens at the Front Line:
American Ambulance Drivers in the Great War

Celebrating World Water Day: A Physicist’s Perspective @ Russell Library
Mar 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Professor Bill Graham of Queens University of Belfast is an expert in the physics and chemistry of atmospheric pressure plasmas and plasmas created in liquids and their applications to fields such as medicine and the environment. His talk will begin with a walk through the science of why water behaves as it does, why it’s important to life and why it is on earth. This will be followed by a gentle wade through some of the current research now being pursued worldwide, including at both Queen’s University in Belfast and Wesleyan University, which seeks to explore and exploit the water-based phenomena induced when the 2nd State of Matter (liquid) interacts with the 4th State of Matter (plasma). There will be some deviations into other water-related phenomena along the way.

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