Program, Fall 2016 Conference

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asch-title-jpgThe Association for the Study of Connecticut History Annual Fall Conference

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Southern Connecticut State University

Engleman Hall


Registration and Refreshments 8:00 to 9:00                                     Engleman Hall B121 A-B

 Opening plenary                              9:00 to 9:30                                     EN B121 A-B

Welcome:        Nancy Steenburg, President, ASCH

 Troy Paddock ,History Department, Southern Connecticut State University

Presentation of Homer D. Babbidge, Jr., Betty M. Linsley, and Bruce Fraser Awards: Eugene Leach, Trinity College

 Break                                      9:30 to 9:45

Concurrent Session I 9:45 to 11:15

Panel 1: Innovations in Medicine and Mental Health                         EN B121 A-B

Chair: Mark Jones      Connecticut State Library retired

Lawrence Goodheart, University of Connecticut: “Insane Acquittees and Insane Convicts: The Rationalization of Policy in 19th-Century Connecticut”

Emily Leonard, Trinity College: “Beyond Bedlam: The Hartford Retreat: Connecticut’s Singular Contribution to Mental Health”

Allen Ramsey, Connecticut State Library: “Jean Kieffer: Inventor of the Kieffer Laminagraph X-Ray Machine to “See Around Bones”


Panel 2: Activism and Social/Cultural innovations                              EN C112

Chair: Stephen Amerman, Southern Connecticut State University

Rebecca A. R. Edwards, Rochester Institute of Technology: “Education as Innovation: The Case of the American School for the Deaf”

Steven S. Berizzi,      Norwalk Community College : “John Brown: From the Land of Steady Habits to the “Meteor” of the Civil War”

Evan Turiano, City University of New York: “‘Every Effort and Sacrifice:’ Reverend James W. C. Pennington and Community Improvement Activism in Hartford’s African American Community, 1840-1841”

Buffet Luncheon                      11:30 to 1:00                                                   EN B121 A-B

 Concurrent Session II 1:00 to 3:00

Panel 3: Innovation in the Arts                                                                              EN B121 A-B

Chair: Guocun Yang, Manchester Community College

Martha LoMonaco, Fairfield University: “Bridgeport: Theater Mecca U.S.A.”

George Lechner, University of Hartford: “War and Anti-War in the Art of Kerr Eby”

Stephen T. ShymanskyFairfield University: “The Federal Theater Project: Hartford, Connecticut and the ‘Living Newspaper’ Stars and Bars”

Carl Antonucci, Central Connecticut State University and Kenneth DiMaggio, Capital Community College: “The Innovation That Feeds: Connecticut’s Role in the Expansion of the Hamburger and the Pizza”

Panel 4: Innovation in technology and manufacturing                                     EN C112

Chair: Siobhan Carter-David, Southern Connecticut State University

Janet M. Conner, Avon Historical Society“Farmington Textile Milling Operations: the Transition from Domestic Manufacturers to Innovative Manufactories”

Robert Foley, Independent historian: “Gustave Whitehead: Connecticut’s Aviation Pioneer”

Kristen Keegan, Fairfield University: “Cleaning Up: The Progressive-Era Laundry Revolution in Connecticut”

Robert Klancko and Dan Wizneski, Housatonic Community College: “Three Years of Recognizing and Identifying Connecticut’s Innovation and Invention Leaders”

Closing Reception                  3:00 to 3:30                                                     EN C112

 Registration Procedures:

Individuals planning to attend the conference should complete the registration form and return it to the ASCH Treasurer by Tuesday, November 1st to ensure admission to the luncheon on Saturday, November 5th. Registrations will, of course, be accepted after that date and at the door on Saturday, November 5th, but we cannot guarantee space for the reception or lunch.

Please make your check payable to ASCH and send it with the registration form to:

Steve Park, Treasurer


P.O. Box 1333

New London, CT 06320

No refunds after November 1st, 2016.

For those wishing to register online, please go to the ASCH website at

Conferences of this scope and magnitude are the results of the hard work of many people. Special thanks, however, are due to Dr. Troy Paddock of the Southern Connecticut State University History Department for hosting and supporting this conference, and to Dr. Paddock and Dr. Karla Ecquist-Lechner of Naugatuck Valley Community College for serving on the conference program committee.

Nancy Steenburg

President, ASCH

Registration Form

Land of Steady Innovation:

Connecticut and the New


Mailing Address:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


E-mail Address:____________________________________________________________________

Membership: ASCH _____ Southern Connecticut State University _______

Concurrent Sessions, Saturday, Nov. 5

Please choose one panel per session.

Session I 9:45 – 11:15

  1. ______ 2. ______

Session II 1:00 – 3:00

  1. _____ 4. ______

Registration fees:

Registration for members of ASCH and SCSU            $30.00                                  _____

Not an ASCH member, join for $35.00 and register at member rate                 _____

Non-member registration                                                 $40.00                                     _____

Student registration                                                            $20.00                                      _____

Total enclosed:                                                                                                                         _____

Please make checks payable to ASCH.

Driving and Parking Directions for Southern Connecticut State University

For driving directions to SCSU:

Here is a link to a map of SCSU:

Engelman Hall is #11. On the weekends you do not need a parking sticker. If there is space, you can park in the main lot in front of Engleman Hall. If that is filled, we recommend either the Fitch St. Garage (#4) or the Wintergreen Garage on North Campus (#38). If you are arriving for the beginning of the conference, there should not be a problem with parking in either of those places.