PROGRAMS > Conversation  Club

Conversation Club

Join us on each month for lively conversations using history as a basis. 

The Conversation Club endeavors to make new ideas and perspectives accessible. Re-examining the past frames meaningful dialogue, learning, and reflection, and helps us envision the future.

Our club is based on "The Conversation Club" originally formed c. 1818, which gathered to discuss the leading issues of the day in Farmington, Connecticut.

Coming Up~

Join us for Rediscovering Colonial Farmington's History of Slavery, conversations about inclusivity and story telling with researcher John Mills, Witness Stones Project's Director of Operations Liz Lightfoot, and former State Representative Pat Wilson Pheanious!

Read more about this program here.




John Mills

4 PM / Free /




Liz Lightfoot

10 AM / Free /




Pat Wilson Pheanious

4 PM / Free /

September 21, 2023 through March 14, 2024: A seven-program Conversation Club series

When Two Worlds Met

When Two Worlds Met is a series of seven programs that examine the time of early contact between Indigenous Peoples and European explorers and settlers of Northeast America. Each of the seven programs, presented by Gail White Usher, focuses on a different topic in the overall theme of the impacts of European interactions upon Indigenous Northeastern North American life and culture. The series is online and free to the public. See below to view recorded sessions.

The third installment, "Through European Eyes," was reviewed by Jamil Ragland for the New Haven Independent on November 17, 2023!

Read more
Read Jamil Ragland's Review

See When Two Worlds Met Recordings

September 21, 2023

When Two Worlds Met: Indigenous Peoples of Northeast America

Session Recorded

October 19, 2023

When Two Worlds Met (Part Two)

Session Recorded

November 16, 2023

When Two Worlds Met: Through European Eyes

Session Recorded

December 21, 2023

When Two Worlds Met: Trade Lists

4 PM / Free / Online

January 18, 2024

When Two Worlds Met: Indigenous Women in the Northeast American Contact Period

4 PM / Free / Online

February 15, 2024

When Two Worlds Met: Art in Everyday Items

4 PM / Free / Online

March 14, 2024

When Two Worlds Met: Foodways - Beyond the Three Sisters

4 PM / Free / Online