Crime and punishment theme for talks at Wyman Tavern

The Historical Society of Cheshire County will host the first of three lectures in its 2013 Wyman Tavern Lecture Series on “Crime and Punishment in Early New England,” on Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

This first lecture, entitled “Colonial New England Politics, Culture, and Legalities,” will be presented by Keene State College history professor John Lund.

Lund earned his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2001. He has taught for 12 years at Keene State College. He has published and presented on various topics ranging from American immigration history to early American legal culture.

The popular Wyman Tavern Lecture Series began 10 years ago to provide talks on early American life at one of Cheshire County’s most historic houses, the Wyman Tavern.

Series’ speakers will address the early courts and legal system in New England in the Colonial Period, as well as the county court system, true crimes, and criminal punishments in 18th and 19th century Cheshire County. Other speakers will be the Historical Society’s director Alan Rumrill speaking on crime and punishment during the early years of Cheshire County, and Milli Knudsen speaking on early Cheshire County courts and divorce law.

The talks are free and all are welcome.

Space is limited. To reserve a seat, contact the Historical Society at 352-1895 or

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