Connecticut's zenith as a technological and industrial center will be the focus of a lecture entitled, "Silicon Valley of the 19th Century: Rediscovering Connecticut's Industrial Heritage" on Wednesday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.
Guest speaker, William Hosley a cultural scholar and expert on Connecticut history and heritage tourism, will discuss how the Connecticut Valley was transformed into America's first high-tech industrial corridor and the vanguard of an internationally significant technology-based revolution that changed the world of work.
Hosley, the principal of Terra Firma Northeast, is an independent scholar, cultural resource consultant, planner, writer and photographer. He was formerly director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks where he cared for a chain of historic attractions throughout Connecticut. Prior to that, he was a curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum.
This is the second in a series of lectures at the mansion on "Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era." The lectures are $25 for members, $30 for non-members per session. Packages for all seven lectures can be purchased in advance for $150 for members/ $180 for non-members and will include one free event. The price includes lecture, lunch and choice of a mansion or exhibit tour. Lunch is courtesy of Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers. The chair of the Lecture Committee is Mimi Findlay, of New Canaan. To reserve a seat, please contact the mansion at 203-838-9799.
Currently on exhibit at the museum are "What Is It? Technologies and Discoveries of the Victorian Era," which is open until Oct. 6, and "Steampunk: Nature & Machine" running until June 5.
The LMMM is a National Historic Landmark located at 295 West Ave. in Norwalk. Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admittance is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. Children under 8 are admitted free. For information on tours and programs, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-838-9799.