Norwalk Historical Society Virtual Lecture: Pudd'nheads, Childhood in Colonial America on February 3

The Norwalk Historical Society is hosting the virtual lecture, "Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America", with guest presenters Velya Jancz-Urban and Ehris Urban on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 5:30pm (Eastern Time) via Zoom.

“Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America” examines the unique aspects of childhood between the late sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries. The presentation explores birthing and childrearing practices, parenting, children’s health and education, naming, gender, play, and rites of passage.  

Tickets are $5.00 per household and can be purchased here.  The Zoom link will be included at the bottom of your confirmation email.  It will also be emailed to you 24 hours and 1 hour before the event.

 “Pudd’nheads” provides fresh historical perspectives on key features of children’s lives. Without a doubt, the lives of Native American children, Enslaved children, and Puritan children differed greatly. Velya Jancz-Urban – author, teacher, and creator of “The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife” – has partnered with her herbalist daughter, Ehris Urban, on this unique presentation. “Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America” is similar to “The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife” in that it is funny, sad, sweet, and shocking.

About the Presenters:
Ehris Urban, owner of Woodbury, CT’s Grounded Holistic Wellness, believes, “if you’re grounded, you can navigate even the bumpiest roads in peace.” She grew up in a family passionate about holistic medicine. Ehris is a green witch, herbalist, holistic nutritionist, and graduate of the New England School of Homeopathy. Additionally, Ehris is a Flower Essence Therapy practitioner. She became interested in Reiki as a teenager and attained Reiki Master certification at age 17. Ehris is also a certified Ingham Method reflexologist. A graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology, she is also a certified ESL teacher. Ehris enjoys beekeeping, tending her organic vegetable and herb gardens, and working in her apothecary.

Velya Jancz-Urban lives her life by the adage, “there is no growth without change.” Zany and gregarious, she is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, and herstory unsanitized expert. Moving into a 1770 Connecticut farmhouse ignited Velya’s obsession with the colonial era, and led to her entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife. She has been married to Jim for 38 years and is the mother of two grown children. Velya has a few too many rescue dogs and cats, is happiest with a fresh stack of library books, loves thrift shops, and is passionate about alternative medicine.

This program is in conjunction with the Norwalk Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities – 13,000BC – 1835”, which was funded in part by grants from Connecticut Humanities and the City of Norwalk Historical Commission.

For more information on this event and the Norwalk Historical Society visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org,  e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

Image Credit: The Grounded Goodwife


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