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April 15, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-2528
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Middletown's High Street & Wesleyan University (Online Event)

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Join authors Alain Munkittrick and Deborah Shapiro for a discussion about the history of High Street that led to the publication of their book, Middletown’s High Street & Wesleyan University. Middletown’s High Street and the Wesleyan University (founded 1831) campus that today occupies much of its length reflect the history of Middletown, Connecticut, founded in 1650. As the town became a busy port engaged in the West Indies trade, mariners, clergy, and academy teachers populated the street. The spectacular views of the Connecticut River below encouraged the building of spacious homes that are now part of the Wesleyan campus. As the campus expanded, academic and fraternal club buildings were erected on the street, notably its famous “Brownstone Row.” Many famous personages, such as Washington, Lafayette, President Taft, Gertrude Stein, and then Senator Barack Obama, have visited High Street. Sign-ups required for Zoom link.