The Stratford Library will present “Sunday Afternoon Talks”, its monthly series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers, on Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. This month’s topic is “Jewish Participation in the American Revolution: Red, White & Jewish” withguest speaker Eric Chandler. “Sunday Afternoon Talks,” hosted by Charles Lautier, is free and open to the public.
“Jewish Participation in the American Revolution: Red, White & Jewish” will share the stories of the Children of Abraham who fought for separation from England. Explore the role played by those Jews who took up arms and endured the hardships and hazards alongside their Christian neighbors and endangered themselves as intelligence gatherers, toiled to ensure a steady supply of food and war materiel and worked tirelessly as financiers to bring about the Noble Experiment that still endures 240 years later. Although the Jews in Colonial America represented a small minority of the overall population, their contributions, individually and collectively, were significant beyond their meager numbers.
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 portraying 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 and sits on the Norwalk Historical Society Board of Directors.
The Stratford Library is located at 2203 Main Street in Stratford, Conn. For more information call (203) 385-4162 or visit stratfordlibrary.org.