Publications and Presentations




“Beauty in a Gravestone”Connecticut Explored, Winter 2010/2011.

“Silas Deane”:  Connecticut Explored, Winter 2011/2012.  Also see:

“18th Century Gravestone Carvers, Nathan Hale Cemetery, Coventry, CT”:  Second edition published privately, 2013.

“A Tour of Nathan Hale Cemetery”: pamphlet published by Coventry, CT Cemetery Commission, 2011.

“A Tour of Grant Hill Cemetery”: pamphlet published by Coventry, CT Cemetery Commission, 2013.

The Undoing of Silas Deane”: Wethersfield Historical Society website, April 13, 2014.






To book a tour or presentation, please leave a request in comments, and I’ll send my email. If your cemetery is local, I can plan and present a tour if requested.  Thanks for your interest.

“Before Salem: The Great Hartford Witch Scare”:  Program about the witch trials that took place in and around Hartford from the 1640’s to 1670’s.  Liberally illustrated via Power Point.

“Elizabeth Hale Rose Taylor: The Life of an 18th Century Woman as Reflected by the Clothing She Would Have Worn”:  Elizabeth was Nathan Hale’s elder sister. Reproduction clothing of her times is used to illustrate many facets of her daily life.

“18th Century Gravestone Carvers in Coventry,CT”:  Program about the men who made the oldest  gravestones in Coventry’s historic graveyards; what are all those cherubs and poems trying to tell us?

“18th Century Gravestone Carvers in East Windsor, CT.”

“18th Century Gravestones in Portland, CT.”

“Any Last Words?:  A Tour of Old South Street Burying Ground” : Coventry, CT.  One hour outdoor program focusing on the Loomis family of gravestone carvers, as well as a look at what gravestone inscriptions can tell us.

“Stories in Stone: A Tour of Nathan Hale Cemetery”:  Coventry, CT.  One hour outdoor program focusing upon the unusual stories of  some of the folks who were buried here during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

“Stories in Stone: A Tour of Grant Hill Cemetery”: One hour outdoor program focusing on historic gravestone styles and epitaphs from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Stories in Stone: A Tour of River View Cemetery, Essex, CT”: One hour outdoor program focusing on the gravestones of the 18th and 19th Centuries.

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  1. Hi
    I apologize if I am in the wrong spot to ask you about reviewing book.

    You may have seen the bumper sticker “Earth does not belong to man. Man belongs to Earth” Chief Seattle. However, he never said it; a professor in 1971 wrote it.

    I just published a book that is the most extensively researched book on all the speeches purported to be spoken by Chief Seattle. I was able to establish with near certainty the day he delivered it and the three speeches of his that were recorded by government officials. It also includes all the variations of the speech and the possible reason why each person manipulated Seattle’s words for their own agenda. Lastly, I included all the variations of the environmental version.

    I was lucky enough to interview the three main people who were involved in the infamous environmental version. Both William Arrowsmith and John Stevens who added all the “I am a savage and do not understand” and the religiosity are dead. However, the original author of the environmental version, Ted Perry, is still alive and wrote the foreword for the book: The Many Speeches of Chief Seattle (Seathl): Manipulation of the Record on Behalf of Political, Religious and Environmental Causes. Ted wrote, “The most thorough account of Seattle’s words, its origins, and influences. Very impressive and very intelligent . . . Beautiful work . . . you’ve done an exemplary piece of work, and I am pleased that you have gone to such lengths to set the record straight. . . That I am extremely indebted to the work of Eli Gifford is great understatement, but I am certainly not the only reader who will be grateful.” John Stevens wrote before he died, “You are the first person to accurately reflect my role in editing Chief Seattle’s speech.”

    Thank you for your time

    Eli Gifford

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