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Program registration is processed on a first come first served basis. You may register by phone, (860) 677-9222, in person, by mail or online. Payment options are credit card, check, or cash. Your membership must be current at the time the program meets in order to receive the member discount. Museum staff reserves the right to cancel classes for insufficient enrollment. You will be notified at least three working days in advance if a program is cancelled. Cancellations with at least forty-eight hours notice will receive a refund.

Stanley-Whitman House Spring History Symposium

 Date: 6/1/2019
 Starting Time: 8:45:00 AM
 Ending Time: 3:00:00 PM

SWH Spring History Symposium

In Memory of Paul A. Kramer, 1942-2019

This year’s Spring History Symposium at Stanley-Whitman House will be given in memory of Paul A. Kramer who was a beloved volunteer, independent historian and researcher, and former board member. The symposium will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 8:45 am to 3:00 pm.

Given in Paul Kramer’s memory, this one-day symposium is mostly devoted to topics and personal reflections from his colleague that focus on early Farmington history with a few forays into other New England locales as well.

The symposium brings together fellow historians and researchers of early American history, both to celebrate Kramer's scholarly achievement, and to take further some of the ideas and insights found in his seminal work on Connecticut history.

Stanley-Whitman House would like to extend an invitation to researchers, students and scholars from community history organizations and universities to attend this event. The symposium will feature an outstanding panel of lectures on early Farmington and colonial American history.

Symposium tickets can be purchased at the museum in person, by telephone, email or mail and are $20 for SWH members, students and seniors and $25 for non-members. All ticket sales support the museum's community and education programs at Stanley-Whitman House.

Registered attendees will be provided with a boxed lunch. Each box will include a sandwich/wrap (Roast Turkey Sandwich, Chicken Salad Sandwich or Grilled Vegetable Wrap), pasta salad, potato chips, and a cookie. Water, lemonade, and iced tea will be available. If you have a dietary restriction, please contact the museum at visitor@stanleywhitman.org prior to the event.

For those wishing to make donations in memory of Paul Kramer, please send a check payable to “Stanley-Whitman House” or simply make your gift at the time of purchasing your ticket for the symposium. Memorial contributions benefit the museum’s “Paul A. Kramer Conservation Fund”.

All of our speakers have generously waived their honoraria in memory of Paul Kramer.


8:45 am - Registration and Coffee

9:15 am - Welcome given by Andres A. Verzosa, Executive Director, Stanley-Whitman House

9:20 am - Paul Kramer’s Inquiring Mind, given by Betty Coykendall, Town Historian, Farmington, CT

10:10 am - "...according to the writing:" Richard Negro's Long Journey to Freedom, given by Lisa F. Johnson, Director Emeritus, Stanley-Whitman House

10:55 am - Folk Art Gravestone Carving and the Mystery of the Abel Andrus Gravestone(s), given by Dr. Charles Leach & Jay Bombara

11:45 am - Rediscovering the Shaw-Hudson House Museum, A Western Mass Treasure, given by William Hosley, Principal, Terra Firma Northeast

12:30 pm - Lunch Break, Update on the Farmington Slavery Project Website by Dr. Katherine Hermes

1:15 pm - Researching the Residents of Memento Mori, given by Kate Linsley Rodgers, Independent Historian and Researcher

2:00 pm - Stephen Brownson and His Cotton Manufactory, given by Dr. Susan McAdoo, Independent Researcher

2:50 pm - Adjournment

Spear Classroom Exhibit - Poster Presentations: Paul Kramer Local History Projects 2002 - 2016

For more information about the symposium or Stanley-Whitman House, please contact Andres A. Verzosa at averzosa@stanleywhitman.org.


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Farmington, CT 06032