Heroes and Villains Lectures Kick Off

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Discover More Heroes & Villains at New Haven Museum

New Haven, CT, December 19, 2012—Many heroes and villains can be found in the state of Connecticut, some captivating, some mysterious, some scandalous. Join the Museum in exploring the stories behind some of the most important historical figures in the history of Greater New Haven and Connecticut. The New Haven Museum will kick off its Spring 2013 Heroes & Villains lecture series with a lecture and book signing featuring Ray Bendici. The lecture series will continue through 2013 as the New Haven Museum celebrates its 150th and the City of New Haven’s 375thanniversary. All lectures begin at 6:30 pm. Most lectures will be accompanied by book signings, and copies of each speaker’s books will be available for sale. All lectures are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, January 16 (snow date: January 30), Ray Bendici will speak about his new book,Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Connecticut History, sharing a few of the book’s profiles of some of Connecticut’s most notorious bad guys—and other personalities that did not make it into the book. From nefarious murderers and charming criminals to ruthless industrialists and legendary showmen, Connecticut has withstood its share of misguided and misunderstood characters, many of whom were critical to the development of the state.

We all love the stories of “bad” boys and girls, so here’s a chance to learn about some of the “jerks” Connecticut has to offer, including: Lydia Sherman, the “black widow” who married and murdered three husbands (among others); Rev. Samuel A. Peters, who penned a felonious history of the Nutmeg State and fabricated its notorious “Blue Laws”; George Metesky, the “Mad Bomber” who terrorized New York for years; and of course, Benedict Arnold, who not only spectacularly betrayed his country at its hour of need, but also turned on his home state in one of the most vicious attacks in Connecticut history.

Ray Bendici has been an editor and an award-winning writer at Connecticut Magazine for the past 13 years, and in that capacity, he has driven nearly every mile of highway and visited the four corners of the state (plus the Southwich Jog), as well as every town in between. The state—and the curious stuff within in its borders—is also his hobby. With a few friends, he runs Damned Connecticut (DamnedCT.com) a website dedicated to everything unusual, weird and extraordinary here, from supposedly haunted places and UFO sightings to quirky characters and mysterious legends. He has also authored Connecticut Curiosities: 3rd Edition from Globe Pequot Press.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or education@newhavenmuseum.org.

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