American Revolution Talk with Eric Chandler at Stratford Library on Jan. 21

The Stratford Library's “Sunday Afternoon Talks,” its free and open to the public monthly series featuring prominent local guest speakers, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. This month’s topic is “Connecticut During the American Revolution: Provision State & Arsenal of the Revolution” with Eric Chandler. Chandler will present a PowerPoint talk with a Q&A to follow.

Despite being one of the smaller states, Connecticut played an extraordinarily large role in the American War for Independence. Connecticut government, people, industry, and inventiveness helped pave the way to a remarkable victory against the superpower of the 18th Century. But it was not without cost, as Connecticut was repeatedly invaded by British forces during the war. This presentation reviews the importance of Connecticut and those whose actions proved significant during the eight years of conflict.

Speaker Eric Chandler is retired from a 30+ year career as an underwriter for a leading land title insurance company. He has been involved in American Revolutionary War Living History since 1974. He has portrayed infantry, light infantry, whale-boat raider, and mounted and dismounted dragoons. He is currently serving his third term as a member of the Norwalk Historical Commission. His artistic endeavors included writing and recording a comedy CD, and decades as a musician playing the sax in area Rock & Roll and Blues bands. To his credit, or shame, he had his likeness used in an issue of MAD Magazine. Eric is enjoying retirement with his wife, Catherine, taking classes, giving lectures on historical topics and continuing to live history.

The Stratford Library is located at 2203 Main Street in Stratford, Conn. For more information call (203) 385-4162 or visit stratfordlibrary.org.

Photo: Broadside Soliciting Recruits for the Continental Army, ca. 1775 – Connecticut Historical Society

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