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“Sodbusters and Colleges: The Winning of the West”: Wild West Series Ends


by Tom Holehan
Public Relations and Programming
Stratford Library

Stratford Library Concludes Old West Series
The Stratford Library concludes its special 4-part series about the American Old West of “Sunday Afternoon Talks”, its monthly series of informative and entertaining talks hosted by Charles Lautier and featuring prominent local guest speakers. The Old West series, which features guest speaker Hamish Lutris, will offer its final session on Zoom November 22 at 2 pm.

“Sodbusters and Colleges: The Winning of the West” is the finale of Lutris’ stunning series.  In 1860, most of the western plains were uninhabited by Americans; the 1890 census revealed that the frontier, where US law did not hold sway, had disappeared. Civilization had come to the entire West in only 40 years.

How? This talk will focus on the immigration, technologies, and political actions that made possible the taming of the vast land that we call the West.

Guest speaker Hamish Lutris is an Associate Professor of History, Political Science, and Geography at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has worked in some of America’s premier natural and historical sites, leading hiking and historical programs. He has also lectured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Canada, presenting programs on wide-ranging historical topics, including Native American history, the Civil War, Scientific History, Social and Cultural History, World War I, World War II and the American West.

The series, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 2-3:30 pm on the Zoom format. For further information call the Library at: 203.385-4162 or register for the talk online at:

The Library will close on Wednesday, November 25 at 5 pm and all day on Thursday, November 26 in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The library will reopen on Friday, November 27 at 10 am.


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