Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Life and Times of Nathan Hale

Hale's Birthplace, Coventry. Lithograph, E.C. Kellogg

Join us for the Nathan Hale SymposiumThe Life and Times of Nathan Hale Saturday, August 7th, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Connecticut Landmarks will present a symposium on the life and times of Connecticut State Hero, Nathan Hale. Walter Woodward, Connecticut State Historian, will be the keynote speaker of the symposium which will include presentations by Richard E. Mooney, Kevin M. Sweeney and M. William Phelps. Bruce M. Stave will moderate a panel discussion. The event will conclude with a reception and special tour of the Nathan Hale Homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and evokes a sense of Connecticut's legendary patriotic and agrarian heritage. The house, built in 1776, belonged to the parents and family of Nathan Hale and is located on the only site he ever called home.

Symposium Location
First Congregational Church of Coventry
1171 Main Street
Coventry, CT 06238

Tour and Reception
Nathan Hale Homestead
2299 South Street
Coventry, CT 06238

Call today for reservations! 860.247.8996 x 23
The registration fee is $50 each, or $40 for CTL members, which includes lunch.
Or, click here for a Symposium Brochure to mail in registration.

Details of Hale statue in bronze and Clay, Bela Lyon Pratt

9:30 am - Registration & Coffee
10:00 am - The Hon. Rob Simmons, Welcoming Remarks
10:15 am - Walter W. Woodward Lecture
10:45 am - Richard E. Mooney Lecture
11:15 am - M. William Phelps Lecture
11:45 am - Panel Discussion
12:30 pm - Lunch (included)
1:15 pm - Kevin M. Sweeney Lecture
2:00 pm - Travel to Hale Homestead
2:30 pm - 18th-Century Military & Farming Demonstrations, Tours & Reception
4:30 pm - Symposium Ends

The Lectures:
The Burning Issue About Nathan Hale
by Walter W. Woodward
The Connecticut State Historian will be the keynote speaker of the symposium. Woodward is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut and author of Prospero's America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676.

Nathan and Me: What I Learned from Nathan Hale
by Richard E. Mooney
Mooney is the former Executive Editor of the Hartford Courant, correspondent and member of the editorial board of the New York Times and curator of Nathan Hale: Yale, 1773, an exhibition commemorating the 250th anniversary of the hero's birth (

Hale, His Life & Legacy: Separating Fact From Fiction
by M. William Phelps
Phelps is an investigative journalist and author of the recent biography, Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America's First Spy.

The Hales' Homestead: Material Life in Colonial Connecticut
by Kevin M. Sweeney
Sweeney is a Professor of American Studies and History at Amherst College and author of Captors And Captives: The 1704 French And Indian Raid on Deerfield.

Panel Moderator:
Bruce M. Stave is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Director, Oral History, at the University of Connecticut. Stave is a resident of Coventry and author of Mills and Meadows: A Pictorial History of Northeast Connecticut.

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