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SWH Spring History Symposium 2020

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

SWH Spring History Symposium

Stanley-Whitman House Tercentenary  

This year’s Spring History Symposium is given in celebration of the Stanley-Whitman House Tercentenary and will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Barney Library in Farmington, CT.

This one-day symposium brings together fellow historians and researchers of early American history to celebrate the SWH Tercentenary. Topics are devoted mainly to the c. 1720 historic house which include its builder John Stanley, its past residents, its becoming a museum, its past Directors and Curators, and an overview of its historical and architectural significance given by Eric Gradoia, Director of Historic Preservation at Historic Deerfield.

Stanley-Whitman House would like to extend an invitation to researchers, students and scholars from community history organizations and universities to attend this event. The symposium will feature an outstanding panel of lectures on early Farmington and colonial American history.

Symposium tickets can be purchased at the museum in person, by telephone, email or mail and are $30 for SWH members, students and seniors and $45 for non-members. All ticket sales support the museum’s community and education programs at Stanley-Whitman House.

Registered attendees will be provided with a boxed lunch. Each box will include a sandwich/wrap (Roast Turkey Sandwich, Chicken Salad Sandwich or Grilled Vegetable Wrap), pasta salad, potato chips, and a cookie. Water, lemonade, and iced tea will be available. If you have a dietary restriction, please contact the museum at visitor@stanleywhitman.org prior to the event.

For those wishing to make donations in celebration of the SWH 300th, please send a check payable to “Stanley-Whitman House” or simply make your gift at the time of purchasing your ticket for the symposium.


8:45 am – Registration and Coffee

9:15 am – Welcome & Dedication given by Andres A. Verzosa, Executive Director, Stanley-Whitman House

9:20 am – Reassessing Deacon John Stanley, given by Lisa Johnson

10:10 am – Steele-Smith Families, given by Sherra Palmer and Kate Linsley Rodgers

10:55 am – Whitman – Farnham Families, given by Betty Coykendall

11:45 am – Barney Family and the Farmington Museum 

12:30 pm – Lunch Break – Update on The Digital Farmington Website http://digitalfarmington.org/

1:15 pm – TBA, given by 

2:00 pm – The Vernacular Architecture of SWH, given by Eric Gradoia

2:50 pm – Adjournment

For more information about the symposium or Stanley-Whitman House, please contact Andres A. Verzosa at averzosa@stanleywhitman.org.


May 16
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Stanley-Whitman House


Barney Library
71 Main St, Farmington, CT 06032
Farmington, CT 06032 US
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