History Bites, the annual lecture series offered by ten cultural organizations throughout Northwestern Connecticut, continues on Thursday, May 26 at 12:00 p.m. with a presentation by Mattatuck Museum’s archivist, Michael Dooling. With generous funding from the Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF), this year’s lecture series, entitled Behind the Scenes: Hidden Stories, offers insights into hidden stories and little known facts pertaining to each of the organizations and/or their collections. Titled “A Forger Makes His Mark: What’s in YOUR Archive?” Dooling’s talk relates to America’s first noteworthy forger, Robert Spring. Admission is free and reservations are preferred. To register for this lecture, call (203) 753-0381 x 130 or visit mattatuckmuseum.org.
The 19th century forger baited and hooked an unwitting autograph collector in Waterbury and several of his specimens found their way into the Mattatuck Museum archives. Charles Benedict, industrialist and former mayor, collected signatures of the founding fathers including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Dooling will discuss the methods that Spring used to hoodwink Benedict in 1864.
All History Bites lectures take place at noon. Beverages and desserts are provided; attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. The next History Bites talk is Thursday, June 2 at The Old Woodbury Historical Society.
For more information on all of the Mattatuck Museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at mattatuckmuseum.org or call (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development/CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 18 world-class museums and historic sites (ctarttrail.org).
Located on the green in Waterbury, CT at 144 West Main Street, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum in the lots on Park Place.
CONTACT: Michael Dooling, Archivist
(203) 753 – 0381 x 119