Book a Talk
Meeting interesting people and telling them stories of our state’s past is one of Walter Woodward’s favorite duties as State Historian! If you’d like to attend one of Walt’s upcoming talks, check the Current Talk Schedule to see if there’s an event near you.
If you’d like to have Walt give a presentation to your group, there are a number of Connecticut History lecture topics for you to choose from. The most recent additions include presentations that combine lectures, images, and live music which Walt presents with the Band of Steady Habits. (Many people don’t know this, but in his younger years Woodward was a hit country music songwriter.)
How to Book a Talk:
- Choose a talk topic from the list below.
- Choose a few possible dates for the talk. (We recommend checking the Current Talk Schedule online before selecting your dates.)
- Review the requirements (including expenses and technical needs) for hosting a talk below.
- Contact the Office of the State Historian to confirm availability.
Requirements for Hosting a Talk
Most State Historian lectures last from 45 to 60 minutes and are richly illustrated through an accompanying Power Point slide show. Walt will bring his own computer and LCD projector. Organizations should provide the following for the day of the lecture:
- A stand or small table for Walt’s laptop and projector
- A podium or lectern
- A projection screen
- Extension cords and/or power strips sufficient for two 3-prong plugs
- A signed check for speaker expenses
State Historian lectures selected from the Current Talk List only require reimbursement for travel-related expenses. Please contact the Office of the State Historian for details. Musical programs and lectures requiring specialized research will require additional reimbursement. Please visit the Band of Steady Habits website for details and requirements for musical bookings.
To explore the list of currently available talks, use the website’s header menu or click on any of the links below.
- Painting Patriotism, Healing Wounds: The Art of Col. John Trumbull
- Trouble in the Land of Steady Habits: The Constitution of 1818
- Prospero’s America: John Winthrop Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of Connecticut Culture
- The Burning Question About Nathan Hale
- The Cost of Battles Not Fought: Wars and Rumors of Wars in Colonial New England
- 1812: The War Connecticut Hated
- Leaving Connecticut, Shaping America
- New England’s Other Witch Hunt
List of Presentations with Live Music:
All of the talks listed below feature historical lectures with live music played by the Band of Steady Habits. For information on how to book one of the talks listed below, please visit the Band of Steady Habits website.
- Handed Down in Song: New England History and Culture
- The Civil War Search for a New National Anthem
- What Makes Connecticut Connecticut?
- Frost Season: The Poetry of Robert Frost in Story and Song
- The Irish in Connecticut