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The Stories We Tell

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Stories We Tell at Stratford Library
Stratford Historian David Wright to Host New Monthly Series
The five-part series is free and open to the public
Monday evenings (see below), 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

By David Wright
Town Historian

David Wright observes that In Sue Monk Kidd’s book, The Secret Lives of Bees, she writes, “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.” 

In his new series, “Stratford: The Stories We Tell”, beginning Monday, January 29th, Wright plans to reveal the “hidden” and forgotten stories of Stratford that help us remember who we are and why we’re here. 

These stories will be reprised in the character of Theodore Judson, Stratford’s most beloved and picturesque storyteller. Mr. Judson served as Stratford’s lighthouse keeper for forty-one years. The Stratford News memorialized Judson in 1935, stating he was “a raconteur of salty tales based on his experiences during the long vigilance at the Stratford Light.”  

Judson will recall some “salty tales” of Stratford in a series of five presentations which include:

  • January 29:     Love Stories for All
  • February 26:   Amazing Black Citizens, Special for “Black History Month”
  • March 25:       Women of Distinction, Special for “Women’s History Month”
  • April 29:         Homes with History 
  • May 13:          Legions of Legends

The series will be presented in the Lovell Room, 2203 Main Street in Stratford.

For further information visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org or call the Library at: 203.385-4162.

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