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Redding: A Cultural Frontier

Two Redding archeologists will lecture on the history of the Lonetown section of Redding next month.

Redding's "cultural frontier" will be the topic of two lectures given by two local archeologists next month.

Dr. Stuart Reeve, Ph.D., and Redding Town Historian Kathleen von Jena—both who have served as consultants to town government—will deliver two lectures exploring Redding's early history and how English settler John Read, who came to town in 1711, interacted with Chickens, a Pequonnock-Aspetuck Indian, according to Reeve.

The two lectures are as follows:

  • "Lonetown: Warrups, Reads and the Colonial Frontier" — March 10, 3 p.m. — The Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, Conn.
  • "Lonetown: Cultural Frontiers in Redding, Conn." — March 14, 8 p.m. — Culinary Arts Dining Room, West Campus, Norwalk Community College

According to Reeve, the two Redding residents will speak about "the archaeology and history of the Native American and early English settlements of Redding, specifically the Lonetown Manor region, which was the first settlement in Redding and part of the western frontier of New England in the early 18th century."

The lecture is based on their last 15 years of research in town. 

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