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6/6/2018 - Digging for Venture

The Southbury Public Library is hosting a lecture called “Digging for Venture” with Dr. Lucianne Lavin of the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 6:30-8pm in the Kingsley Room of the Southbury Public Library.

This presentation will explore the multi-year archaeological project that unearthed the home and farm of Broteer Furro, AKA Venture Smith, a 17th century African-American leader and former slave. This project uncovered thousands of objects and over a dozen structural remains that provided previously unknown information on Venture's daily life, economic status and moral standards. He was born the eldest son of a West African prince, into a life fraught with murder, abduction, enslavement, and discrimination. He overcame these adversities through hard work, honesty and courage, eventually becoming a respected free black land owner and businessmen in Haddam, CT.

Lucianne Lavin, Ph.D. is an anthropologist and archaeologist with over 40 years of research and field experience in Northeastern archaeology and anthropology. Dr. Lavin is a founding member of the state’s Native American Heritage Advisory Council and Editor of the journal of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from New York University and her B.A. from Indiana University. Dr. Lavin has written over 150 professional publications and technical reports on the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Northeast, including her award-winning book, Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology, History and Oral Traditions Teach Us about their Communities and Cultures.

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required; please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register.