Are you interested in how the War of 1812 affected the residents of Litchfield? Would you like to learn more about this oft-forgotten war? On October 10, 17, and 24 at 11:00 am, join history professor Steve McGrath and former English teacher Jerry Geci at the Litchfield History Museum for a three-week long class on the War of 1812 and the formation of the national identity.

Using materials from the Historical Society’s Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Billy Budd—Herman Melville’s philosophical  tale of a sailor impressed by the British during war—and other sources, McGrath and Geci will illustrate that while the war did not come to Litchfield, its residents were affected, some even long before the shots were fired.

Participants will discuss the heated opinions of that day, the war itself, and the resulting influences on our national identity. Light refreshments will be served.

The fee for this class is $15 for all three weeks. Copies of reading materials will be provided. To register for this program, please call (860) 567-4501 or email

The Litchfield History Museum is located at 7 South Street in Litchfield, CT. For more information about this or other programs, see our website at or call (860) 567-4501.