Speaker Series: May 13 at 7:00 PM
"History of Race Relations in Cheshire"
Christine Pittsley, CT State Library
Join us on May 13 at 7:00 PM for a look into a forgotten chapter of Cheshire's long history. Christine Pittsley will lead us through the stories of the men, women, and children of African descent who were held in bondage in our quaint New England town. Come learn about the town's connections to the West Indies Trade, how citizens embraced or rebelled against the abolition movement, and how we came to forget about this chapter of our past.
Christine Pittsley is a third-generation Cheshire resident, mother, veteran, and self-professed history geek. It is this passion for history that led her to begin studying slavery in Connecticut more than 15 years ago. With a focus on New Haven county, she has done extensive research to document the African and African descendant communities of the 17th and 18th centuries. When not studying local history, Christine studies WWI and is currently the Project Director for Connecticut State Library’s WWI Programs. She has been Connecticut’s liaison to the United States World War One Centennial Commission and has been recognized as a leader in the nation's commemorative efforts. She has worked at the State Library for 11 years where she created and led the archival and museum digitization and metadata programs. She has been involved in a number of statewide digital initiatives and served on the boards of the Connecticut Militia Heritage Committee, Association for the Study of Connecticut History, Cheshire Historical Society, and Cheshire Historic District Commission.