Myths and Legends
Understand what is fact or fiction; learn from the reasons why a story was started or propagated…or just sit back and enjoy the tale!
Understand what is fact or fiction; learn from the reasons why a story was started or propagated…or just sit back and enjoy the tale! From Captain Kidd to the Leatherman…the Moodus Noises to Israel Putnam…the Frog War of 1754 to Devil’s Hopyard…plus witches and tall tales…all of this is/was part of our social landscape but how did these stories become popular…what influences re-shaped the story…how did these stories come back after decades of quiet…all of this is what this series is all about….
Professor Stephen Gencarella
Stephen Olbrys Gencarella is a professor of folklore at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the resident folklorist for the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT. He is currently finishing a collection of essays on eccentrics in New England for Globe Pequot Press and a book on the folklore of the Moodus noises. He is an officer for the Eastern Regional Tourism District and has been a Visiting Professor at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Steve grew up in Westerly, Rhode Island and is now a resident of Lyme, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, four children, three dogs, and countless wild animals who visit the pond at their home. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Links: https://www.umass.edu/communication/people/profile/stephen-olbrys-gencarella https://www.ctrivermuseum.org/ http://www.globepequot.com/ http://www.lymeacademy.edu/