BRISTOL -- The next presentation in a series about the development of Forestville and its contributions to the community is Saturday.
The presentation is the fourth in a series of six, titled “The Development and Growth of ‘The Village’ of Forestville and Its Contributions to the Bristol Community.” The history series is organized by Tom Dickau, past president of the Bristol Historical Society.
The development of new transportation systems, including turnpikes, the Farmington Canal and their impact on emerging industrialization, will be discussed in the presentation, Dickau explained.
The presentation will then analyze the clock making industry, the contributions of various clock makers and how the clock industry contributed to the development of the area during the founding of Forestville in 1833, he said.
The formation of new religious communities within the town, the diminished role of the congregational church as a political organization and the roles that Connecticut and Bristol had in slavery will also be addressed, he said.
The role of immigrants, especially Irish, during the opening of the copper mines and the coming of the railroad to Bristol and Forestville will conclude this session, he added.
The presentation will be held at Manross Library, on Jan. 20, at 1:30 p.m. Pre-registration is requested by calling the Manross Library, 860-584-7790.
Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at 860-801-5088 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.