Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward helps us understand how people and events in Connecticut’s past played crucial roles in forming the culture and character of Connecticut today. Woodward, a gifted story-teller, brings even the history we thought we knew to life in new ways, from the nearly forgotten early presence of the Dutch, to the time when Connecticut was New England’s fiercest prosecutor of witches, the decades when Connecticans were rapidly leaving the state, and the years when Irish immigrants were hurrying into it. Whether it’s his investigation into the unusually rough justice meted out to Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, or a peek into Mark Twain’s smoking habits, Creating Connecticut will leave you thinking about our state’s past––and its future––in a whole new way.
Walt Woodward is the State Historian of Connecticut and an Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. He is also the narrator and, with CT Humanities, the producer of Today in Connecticut History, heard weekdays on Connecticut Public Radio and seen online at TodayinCTHistory.com. He is the producer (along with Connecticut Explored magazine) of Grating the Nutmeg: The Podcast of Connecticut History (GratingtheNutmeg.libsyn.com). He is also the author of the “From the State Historian” column in Connecticut Explored magazine. He is also the author of Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 (Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press), which won the Homer C. Babbidge Prize for Outstanding Book of the Year from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History in 2011, and was named an Outstanding Book of 2011 by Choice. A widely sought after public speaker and historian, he is well known for his historical lectures (cthistory.org) and his historical lectures with music which he presents with his group, The Band of Steady Habits (bandofsteadyhabits.wordpress.com).