Pilgrims, Puritans, and John Davenport’s New Haven Colony

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In anticipation of both Thanksgiving and the 2013 celebration of the 375th anniversary of the founding of New Haven, the New Haven Museum and Center Church-on-the-Green are sponsoring a talk by Dr. Francis J. Bremer, whose newly released book, Building a New Jerusalem: John Davenport, A Puritan in Three Worlds, details the life of John Davenport, one of New Haven’s founders. His talk, entitled “Pilgrims, Puritans, and John Davenport’s New Haven Colony,” will take place at Center Church-on-the-Green, located at 250 Temple Street in New Haven on Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 pm. Dr. Bremer will discuss the significance of New Haven in seventeenth-century America and its legacy in the shaping of American society. Book signing and reception to follow. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

Dr. Bremer examines John Davenport’s role as a progressive leader for his time, with a strong commitment to education for both women and men, a vibrant interest in new science, and a dedication to upholding democratic principles in churches at a time when many other Puritan clergymen were emphasizing the power of their office above all else.

Dr. Bremer is professor emeritus of history at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and has been a visiting fellow at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  He is the author of over a dozen books and numerous articles on colonial New England and its puritan settlers, and has been a consultant for many TV documentaries.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or education@newhavenmuseum.org.


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