Historical Society hosts talk on Connecticut's witch trials

Everyone has heard of the witch hunt in Salem, Mass. in 1692, but few people know that in the years before Salem, Connecticut was New England's fiercest prosecutor of witches. The first person ever hanged for witchcraft in New England was from Windsor, Conn. and ever person indicted for witchcraft in the state was convicted and executed.

Walt Woodward, a UConn professor and Connecticut's state historian, will give a talk about Connecticut's witch trials Sunday at 2 p.m. in the library's Community Room.

Woodward has done extensive research on this largely forgotten period of state history, beginning with the Protestant Reformation and continuing through the Hartford witch hunt of the 1660s, a series of trials that preceded Salem by a generation. Woodward's talk also explains why nearly everyone in the 17th Century believed witches were real and dangerous.

The Trumbull Historical Society is hosting the event. There is a suggested $5 donation to support the society.