Saturday, October 28, 10am-1pm

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library, 3rd floor
500 Main Street, Hartford, CT

“Alchemy” is frequently used to define seemingly miraculous transformations in the social, economic, and political spheres. However, the term has its origins in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, to designate a secretive practice pursued to transform base metals into precious gold, and ultimately to control the natural world. Join us for an exciting investigation of period texts about alchemy to learn about early forms of chemical experimentation, commerce, counterfeit, and the quest for natural resources. UConn professors Walt Woodward (CT State Historian, Author of Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676and Debapriya Sarkar will be available to contextualize texts after small group discussions.

Please review the following readings:
Albertus Magnus (excerpt), 13th century
Fama Fraternitatis (excerpt), c. 1610-1614
Letter from Jonathan Brewster to John Winthrop, Jr., January 31, 1656

Lunch will be provided. To RSVP please email: jeagosto@hplct.org.