Why was  agricultural and mechanical arts education so important in the mid 1800’s in America?  How did it develop to what it is today?  Dr. Bruce Stave looks into one university’s history in his presentation – “Connecticut Land-Grant University:  from Yale to UConn and beyond”

Bruce M. Stave, Ph.D.Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus and Director of the University of Connecticut Center for Oral History

Dr. Stave coauthored From the Old Country: An Oral History of European Migration to America (1994). In 1995 he received the Homer Babbidge Award from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History. Dr. Stave is the author or editor of nine other books, including Witnesses to Nuremberg: An Oral History of American Participants at the War Crimes Trials (1998) and The New Deal and the Last Hurrah (1970).
As a bonus, Drs. Bruce Stave and Sondra Astor Stave will conduct an in depth oral history workshop Sunday morning from 10:00am to 12:30pm.  This workshop will be limited to 20 participants and advanced registration is strongly encouraged.  Email:   symposium@morrillhomestead.org to reserve your space.

Sondra Astor Stave, Ph.D. –

Sondra earned her doctorate at the University of Connecticut. She conducted approximately one hundred interviews for her book, Achieving Racial Balance:  Case Studies of Contemporary School Desegregation, and has conducted town and family oral histories. She writes about food and travel and is the editor of several community cookbooks as well as being a restaurant reviewer.  Her newspaper articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Hartford Courant, the Asian Wall Street Journal, and the Journal Inquirer.