LYME — On Sunday, May 7, at 4 p.m., Lyme Public Hall hosts Lyme resident and author Bruce Stark, who will discuss his book,The Myth and Reality of Slavery in Eastern Connecticut. All are welcome.
This work is the product of more than a decade of research inspired by a false story that a slave plantation existed in Salem, Conn. Yet his inquiry goes far beyond an analysis of this narrative.
His presentation titled, Peeling the Research Onion, or How a Newspaper Article Led to a 300-Page Book, explores the genesis and debunking of the Salem slave plantation tale as well as the larger historical context involved.
Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event.
Stark is a Lyme native, who has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Connecticut and a library degree from Southern Connecticut State University.
In a 40-year career as an archivist and historian, he has written and published more than 40 books and articles, mostly on Connecticut subjects and a few of them on Lyme.
He spent 12 years as Assistant State Archivist at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford, the repository that holds the bulk of materials used in his extensive research.