On Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 2 p.m. the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will present travel writer and author Anastasia Mills Healy for an illustrated virtual talk on: Secret Connecticut: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, featuring a selection from the eighty-four engaging stories highlighted in her new book.
Ms. Healy pivoted her focus to her home state during the pandemic and brought to life Connecticut’s long history of intriguing people, places, and events that will surprise and fascinate even longtime residents.
A few examples will include the “mountain of evidence that a Fairfield resident, Gustave Whitehead, flew two years before the Wright Brothers,” and that “Connecticut was the site of the world’s first telephone exchange, first pay telephone, and first phone book; Connecticut also established the American School for the Deaf, the first school in the country for anyone with any disability.”
Formerly on staff at Condé Nast Traveler, Fodor’s, and Travel Agent, Ms. Healy hasbeen a freelance writer and editor for more than a decade for publications including Time Out and Frommer’s, and she also provides content for travel industry clients and other businesses. Stasha has won numerous state and national writing awards and she’s a proud member of professional organizations including the Society of American Travel Writers. A Connecticut resident on and off since 1980, she resides in Greenwich where she’s working on a novel and planning lots of trips that she hopes to be able to take soon. Stasha has been to 64 countries (goal is 100) and all 50 U.S. states.
The Museum’s 2021 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown; LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; LMMM’s 2021 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; and LMMM’s 2021 Distinguished Benefactors for Education: The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, Inc.
The lecture admission is free but we welcome donations to support the Museum’s cultural and educational virtual programming during the COVID-19 crisis. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For reservations and additional information on schedules and programs please visit our website: www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or call 203-838-9799, ext. 4.