Fall meeting Sept. 20-22, 2013 in New Haven, CT



2:00pm    Registration begins in the lobby of the Omni New Haven Hotel

3:00pm    Board of Governors’ Meeting: Omni New Haven Hotel, Church room

6:30pm     Reception with cash bar at The Graduate Club, New Haven

7:00pm     Dinner at the Graduate Club, Elm Street New Haven

Speaker:  Joanne Freeman on John Trumbull

Dr. Freeman is a Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the political history and culture of revolutionary and early national America. She received her PhD in 1998 from the University of Virginia; Freeman’s books include Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic awarded the ‘Best Book of the Year’ prize by the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic in 2002


(If you are staying at the OMNI HOTEL breakfast is included in the room rate)

9:30am   Depart from the Omni for Grove Street Cemetery (8 blocks)

Shuttle bus departs from entrance of Omni Hotel

Wreath laying ceremony at the grave of Roger Sherman.  Tour this

historic site and visit the grave site of the family of Elbridge Gerry.

11:00 am  Board the shuttle  to  New Haven Museum. (5 blocks)

Private tour of the Museum by Michelle Cheng, Museum Director of Education

The museum houses Sherman Family Papers; 1745-1945 The collection contains records of a New Haven family, including material on Roger Sherman (1721-1793), legal documents, a few papers from his surveying work, and ledger (1761-1770) from his mercantile business.

12:00 noon     New Haven Museum Ballroom, 2nd floor

Lunch and General Meeting

1:45 pm   Board the shuttle   to the Yale Art Gallery (10 blocks)

2:00 pm Private tour of the Yale Art Gallery highlighting John Trumbull    

On December 19, 1831, John Trumbull signed an indenture to sell twenty-eight of his paintings and sixty miniature portraits to Yale University. In return, Trumbull received an annuity of $1000 payable for the remainder of his life. As part of this agreement, Yale committed to constructing a fireproof building to house Trumbull’s paintings on campus, establishing Yale’s first art gallery. Trumbull himself designed the Picture Gallery at Yale, which opened to the public on October 25, 1832.




3:00 pm   Board shuttle to United Church on the Green for a musical treat!

3:15 pm   DSDI Concert presented by Carter Braxton descendants 

                        Joachim and Erich Horsley

Joachim Horsley is a composer and orchestrator for award-winning film and television programs, including the Lionsgate release “Rabbit Hole”, which earned Nicole Kidman an Academy Award nomination.  His work has screened at festivals all over the world. He and Erich toured for several years with ‘America’s Only Double-Piano Rock Band’ Little Horse. They both trained as classical musicians.


4:30 pm Shuttle bus will return to Omni Hotel   (2 blocks)

6:30 pm   Reception with cash bar: 19th floor Omni Hotel

7:00 pm   Banquet Dinner   19th floor Omni Hotel 

                        (Suit-Black Tie-Period Dress) 

Speaker:  Christopher Pagliuco on Roger Sherman

Chris is a freelance writer who holds an MA in history from Trinity College. He teaches high school history in Madison, Connecticut and serves as town historian in Essex, Connecticut.  His publications include the book The Great Escape of Edward Whalley and William Goffe-Smuggled through Connecticut.


9:00 am     DSDI members are invited to attend services at Trinity Episcopal 

Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green has been an important part of the history of New Haven for over 300 years. There has been an official Episcopal presence in New Haven ever since Anglican missionary priests first ministered to the region beginning in 1705. In 1723 a parish in New Haven was organized by Rev. Dr. Samuel Johnson. The Colonial Wooden First Church was built in 1752-3, just before the beginning of the French and Indian War in the American Colonies; the Gothic “Trap Stone” Second Church was built in the midst of the War of 1812 in 1814-1816. The church is a cornerstone of New Haven’s vibrant religious, artistic, and community life.







155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Phone: 203-772-6664


Our DSDI nightly room rate $159.00 (plus tax) includes full buffet breakfast.  Do not delay making your reservations.  Rate will be in effect until 30 days prior to the event, i.e. August 20, 2013.   Space is limited to our room block.

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