Lectures, Music, & More!

People still talk about the stunning series of programs over a four year period that coincided with the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Many of these events featured skilled re-enactors in period dress and filled the community room at the Avon Public Library to standing room only.

The Society continues to offer remarkable presentations on a wide range of topics, providing an informal forum for professors and researchers, home-grown experts, published authors, and local history enthusiasts to share their fascination with the history of our region. These enthusiastic speakers are all knowledgeable in their area of expertise and we truly appreciate their willingness to engage our audiences.

We offer these programs at different times of the day and on different days of the week to provide the community with a variety of access options. These events are usually held at the Avon Free Public Library or at the Senior and Community Center at little or no cost to the public. However, if you enjoyed our program, please consider making a donation to allow us to continue our Mission.

Please contact us if you wish to be considered as a speaker for future programs. If you would like to make a donation to support the programs offered by the Avon Historical Society, you can do so by visiting our Donations Page.


From Congregation to Constitution:
The separation of church and state in Connecticut

A series sponsored with a grant from CT Humanities.
These events will be held at multiple locations within the town of Avon. Programs are free, no registration.

Standing Order of 1639-1818: Why Connecticans Stood For It
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 7:00 pm
Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main Street

Lecture presented by Eugene Leach, Professor of History and American Studies, Emeritus, Trinity College. The magistrates and ministers who ruled early Connecticut for most of two centuries may have been a hidebound, ingrown, and self-righteous lot. But this “Standing Order” could not have stood as long as it did by standing still. Eugene Leach will argue that early Connecticut’s governing establishment was more adaptive, and more responsive to the will of ordinary Connecticans, than its long-standing image suggests.

Episcopalians in Connecticut: Religious Freedom and Education Reform
Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:30 pm
Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road

Presented by Stephen McGrath, History Professor at CCSU. The Constitution of 1818 brought true religious freedom to Connecticut. It ended the status of the Congregational Church as the state church, and freed local public schools from Congregational church control. It enableddissenters such as Episcopalians, Methodists and Baptists to form their own schools. With freedom to educate, Connecticut's religious minorities finally enjoyed religious freedom that they worked for so long to achieve. Please read excerpts from Original Discontents, available atthe Avon Library.

The People Have Sung: Popular Songs of 1818
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 2:00 pm
Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Road

This program includes songs that were popular or familiar in CT during the period. The discussion will include background on the songs and how they reflected the cultural,political or "just plain human" sensibilities of the day. Songs that were already well-knownin the Colonial era were still widely popular in 1818. More modern songs from the time ofthe 1812 war were entering the public domain. An interesting mix of sounds was evolvingduring this part of our history and popular songs, new and old, were being sung in parlors,taverns and concert gatherings across Connecticut. This is what "pop" music sounded like in 1818. Presented by music historians Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle.