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Historian Eric Lehman discusses his award-winning book about Tom Thumb.

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

When P. T. Barnum met twenty-five-inch-tall Charles Stratton at a Bridgeport, Connecticut, hotel in 1843, one of the most important partnerships in entertainment history was born. With Barnum’s promotional skills and the miniature Stratton’s comedic talents, they charmed a Who’s Who of the 19th century, from Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens and Abraham Lincoln.

Professor Eric Lehman has written and edited 14 books of history, fiction, and travel, including Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum and the Dawn of American Celebrity, chosen as one of the American Library Association’s Outstanding University Press books of the year.  Professor Lehman is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport. His program for us will delve into the full story of Charles Stratton and his worldwide fame.

Free and open to the public ~ everyone is cordially invited.

Brief business session followed by refreshments and the program.


January 11
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Canterbury Community Center
1 Municipal Drive
Canterbury, CT 06331-1319 United States
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