Lunch and Learn:  Strong-Howard House Connection: 

George Howard’s Diary and the War of 1812

December 3,  2013      12 PM to 1 PM


Hear Greg Kloten, author of a recent book on Windsor native George Howard, discuss Howard’s diverse career as a merchant, soldier and civil servant in the early republic. George attended Windsor’s Broad Street Academy before apprenticing to his cousin John Watson at his general store in Scantic.  It was there he met Sarah Trumbull who he married in 1810, bringing her to his parent’s home (now the Society’s Strong-Howard House) to start their married life.  At the outset of the War of 1812 George escaped what he called the “irksome” life of a country storekeeper by garnering a commission as a Captain in the U.S. Army. While he did not return as the conquering hero he envisioned, he cemented relationships instrumental in his postwar career in the federal bureaucracy. In addition to his days in Windsor and his war experiences, Howard's life illustrates how young men who came of age in the War of 1812 made their way in the nation’s economic and territorial expansion after the war. Books will be available for purchase and author signing.  Cost:  $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, WHS members $4.  860/688-3813.


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