'Howling Wilderness' to be presented

Kent Historical Society will hold its next Sunday Series program, “The Howling Wilderness: Western Connecticut in the 18th Century,” Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. at Kent Town Hall on Kent Green Boulevard.

Michael Everett, the president of the Kent Historical Society and an emeritus professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, will discuss conditions in Western Connecticut at the beginning of the 18th century.

The Revolutionary period is often viewed as the starting point of Kent’s history, but the town was founded well before that.

Through the entire period, the Puritan view of the countryside as a “howling wilderness” had theological and cultural consequences, which Everett will explore as he examines the natives and settlers, changing agricultural and ownership ideas, and more.

The lecture, as well as future Sunday Series events, will help give context to the Kent Historical Society’s summer exhibit, “The Founders of Kent,” on the emergence of one New England town in the 18th century.

Admission is free for KHS members and $5 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 860-927-4587 or visit www.kenthistoricalsociety.org.