Lectures +

Charles Couch’s Redding’s Colonial Origins to 1729, a witty,
nuanced and entertaining talk, is something all Reddingites should watch to learn how Redding came to be.

Redding’s History 1729 – 1789, Charles’ second talk, details the transformation of Redding from a colonial parish to an incorporate town as part of a new nation. This too is something all Reddingites should see.

Redding’s History 1789 – 1865, From agrarian community to
industrialized town & back.
,  covers  how the industrial revolution and civil war impacted the town. Interesting to say the least.

Redding Rock’n & Roots Revival

Luemilly Ryder – Redding’s last one-room school teacher

A look back on the life and times of Redding’s last teacher at the one room Umpawaug School House that closed it’s doors in 1929. Luemilly shares her recollections  of her teaching experiences, meeting and marrying the local “suitor” from up the road and what her neighbor, composer Charles Ives, was really like.

Margaret Wixted – An Historian’s Perspective

Lifelong Redding native Margaret Wixted shares her memories of growing up in town when the roads were all dirt, dances and socials were a common form of entertainment and students had to travel out of town to attend high school. Margaret also shares her experiences as a young bride during World War II, running the Ridge post office and writing for local

A Spirt of Place – The Legacy of Joan Deming Ensor

This bio documentary chronicles the life of Joan Deming Ensor. A great grand daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne and born in Redding CT in 1913, Joan was raised as an independent-minded “free thinker” who influenced the course of a small New England town during the 20th century. As a proponent of open space lands, Joan recalls past times when the roads were dirt, home schooling was provided by her uncle and swimming in the Saugatuck River was a family affair.


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