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Conversation Club at the Stanley-Whitman House

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Join the Stanley-Whitman House as they welcome guest Witness Stones Project Director of Operations Liz Lightfoot for a workshop that will take participants through an intro to the history of slavery in Connecticut and then a discussion of the five themes developed by Dennis Culliton, Founder of Witness Stones Project. Then, explore/interpret documents related to the enslavement of Pharaoh/Pharo/Robin by enslaver John Stanley as evidenced by a bill of sale, a primary source document, from the archives of Stanley-Whitman House. Lightfoot has done some preliminary research into his “seller” and “purchaser” and has some thought- and question-provoking details to have attendees begin to unpack, including additional information about others enslaved by the same individuals.

About Conversation Club

Inspired by the rich tradition of “The Conversation Club,” established in 1818, our monthly gathering offers a dynamic platform for engaging dialogue.

About Stanley-Whitman House

Located in the heart of the historic village of Farmington, Stanley-Whitman House stands as the town’s inaugural museum, offering vivid insights into early colonial life. Beyond traditional exhibits, our museum provides immersive experiences through dynamic programs, events, classes, and hands-on exploration opportunities, including living history demonstrations, publications, exhibits, a library, an archive, and a permanent collection. Our centerpiece is a circa 1720 National Historic Landmark house with period antiques, offering a glimpse into colonial Connecticut life. Surrounding the house, visitors can stroll through period-raised bed gardens, explore an apple orchard, and admire heritage stone walls, immersing themselves in the past. Since 1935, Stanley-Whitman House has operated under the auspices of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich history and culture of 17th-19th-Century Farmington, Connecticut.

Join the Conversation

This program isn’t just about listening but actively participating in the dialogue. Please bring your questions, perspectives, and curiosity as we navigate the complexities of telling inclusive histories together.

Register here.


June 1
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Stanley-Whitman House
37 High Street
Farmington, CT
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