Wednesday, November 8
Witchcraft trials, a serial murderer who inspired a popular movie, and a bizarre vagabond who has fascinated people for 150 years are three amazing yet true stories from the state’s past that independent historian Diana Ross McCain will recount in her talk. McCain draws the tales from her books It Happened in Connecticut: Twenty-five Events that Shaped the Nutmeg State and Mysteries and Legends of New England: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained. Following the presentation, McCain will sell and autograph copies of her books.
Diana Ross McCain is a partner in Come Home to Connecticut, an enterprise that offers historical and genealogical research services and programming. She has been researching, writing, and speaking about history for more than thirty years. McCain holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, and was on the staff of the Connecticut Historical Society for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of many magazine and newspaper articles and several non-fiction books of history, including, in addition to the two about which she will speak, Connecticut Coast: A Town-by-Town Illustrated History, and To All on Equal Terms: The Life and Legacy of Prudence Crandall, a biography of Connecticut’s official state heroine. Her first work of fiction, the historical novel Thy Children’s Children, based on the true story of the first five generations of the Lyman family of Lyman Orchards, was published in 2016. She lives in Durham, Connecticut.