Friday, November 4, 2016

Middlesex County Historical Society's Speaker Series at Russell Library

On Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00pm Richard Grossman will speak as part of the "Vanished Port Speaker Series" produced by the Middlesex County Historical Society at the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library.

Wesleyan professor and monetary scholar Richard Grossman will talk about the wealth of colonial Middletown and its richest citizens. Were the ‘Middletown barons’ rich by our standards?

Dr. Grossman is a professor of Economics at Wesleyan and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. In his illustrated presentation, he will discuss the colonial currency of early Connecticut, its buying power, the monetary standards of the time, and the difficulty of understanding a very different form of money in today’s economy.

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