Crime, punishment theme of Oct. 8 talk

Alan Rumrill will present a talk entitled, “Crime and Punishment in Cheshire County from 1750-1850,” at the Wyman Tavern on Oct. 8, at 7 p.m.

Rumrill will share the story of crime during the early years of Cheshire County as part of the Wyman Tavern Lecture Series on “Crime and Punishment in Early New England.” He will use specific criminal cases and he will talk about laws and the punishments that criminals were subject to.

Cheshire County was once the site of grave robbery, highway robbery, and counterfeiting. Convicted criminals could be sentenced to standing in pillories, receiving lashes at the whipping post, doing time in prison, or serving hard labor.

Rumrill has been the executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County for the past 30 years, and he is known for his “Monadnock Moments” radio spots on local history.

Space is limited. Reservations can be made by calling the Historical Society at 352-1895 or emailing

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