Programs & Events

Wednesday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m.
“Poking Fun at Politics”

A talk by editorial cartoonist Bob Englehart on his work as a satirist
Middletown Senior and Community Center
61 Durant Terrace
Middletown, CT  06457

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Bob Englehart

Bob Englehart, whose political cartoons enlightened, amused and — occasionally — incensed readers of The Hartford Courant for 35 years, will give a slide-showpresentation about his work depicting the absurdities of local and national political figures and issues.

Sponsored by the Middlesex County Historical Society, the hour-long talk – Drawn and Quartered – will be held on Wednesday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m., the day following Election Day, at the Middletown Senior and Community Center, 61 Durant Terrace.  The event is free and open to the public.

Englehart’s first cartoon was published in 1968 in Chicago Today, where he worked as an art director. In 1980, he joined The Hartford Courant as its first full-time editorial cartoonist. There he published five drawings a week, typically three on national issues and two on local issues, until retiring from the newspaper in 2015. Englehart continues to bring his sharp wit to pen and paper as a freelancer, syndicated worldwide by, and on his website at He also teaches a course, “Cartoons in American Society,” at Eastern Connecticut State University.

As an editorial cartoonist, Englehart says one of his goals is to show his readers that they are not alone with their thoughts on a particular issue or news event.  “When the readers agree with you, they say, ‘you’re a genius.’  When they don’t, they say you should be fired,” he laughs.

The Middletown Senior and Community Center is handicap accessible. For further information, contact the Society at 860-346-0746.


Wednesday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m.
“Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London”

A talk by author Eric D. Lehman
Russell Library, Hubbard Room
123 Broad St.
Middletown, CT  06457

In September 1781, Connecticut native Benedict Arnold and a force of 1,600
British soldiers and loyalists took Fort Griswold and burnt New London to the
ground. The brutality of the invasion galvanized the new nation, and “Remember
New London!” would become a rallying cry for troops under General Lafayette.
On December 14 at 7 p.m. in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, Eric D.
Lehman, author of Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New
London, will chronicle the events leading up to the attack and highlight this key
transformation in Arnold—the point where he went from betraying his comrades
to massacring his neighbors and destroying their homes. His talk will also touch
on the connections Arnold had with Middletown during the war, both before and
after his betrayal.

Lehman teaches literature and creative writing at the University of
Bridgeport. In addition to his contributions to numerous newspapers, journals, and
magazines, Lehman is the author of twelve books of fiction, travel, and history,
including the Insider’s Guide to Connecticut, A History of Connecticut Food, and
Shadows of Paris, for which he was a 2017 Connecticut Book Award Finalist. He
will have copies of Homegrown Terror for sale and inscription.

This program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the
Middlesex County Historical Society. Russell Library is located at 123 Broad
Street in Middletown and is handicap accessible. For more information on this
presentation, please call 860-346- 0746 or see


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