Leaving Connecticut, Shaping America

Join us via Zoom as State Historian, Walt Woodward, presents his fascinating talk on migration from Connecticut.

Between 1780 and 1830, tens of thousands of Connecticans left our state to “begin the world anew” in places like Pennsylvania, Vermont, western New York, and especially, the Connecticut Reserve of what is now Ohio. In the process, they took the culture of their home state with them, and gave the nation a strong and indelible Connecticut character.

In this fast-paced and copiously-illustrated talk, Walt Woodward discusses the reasons behind Connecticut’s massive outmigration, the distinctive attributes of the people who chose to leave, and the very serious concerns their removal raised for those they left behind.

Given the very serious concerns state leaders have today over the outmigration of Connecticut’s younger generations, this is a timely topic that will leave you with much to talk about.

Reservations are required for this event by September 20th.  A Zoom link will be sent to you via email prior to the event.  Reservations can be made by calling (860) 408-1336 or by emailing us at  Please provide your name, phone and email address when RSVPing.


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