Rumsey Hall School in Washington will present “The Herstory of Washington, Part Two, 1640-1730,” with Louise van Tartwiik Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.

The author and former director of Gunn Historical Museum will speak at the school’s Maxwell A. Sarofim Performing Arts Center at 201 Romford Road.

The program is a continuation of van Tartwiik’s eight-part exploration into the lives and times of the many women who have helped shape Washington’s history.

Part Two 1640-1730,” will continue where the first talk ended, with the varied stories of the women of the early Colonial period.

This will include the story of the Widow Elizabeth Curtis, one of the original proprietors of Stratford; a look at the women who comprised the original 15 families that left Stratford in 1673 to settle Pomperaug Plantation (Woodbury); and that of the 8-year old Sarah Noble, one of the first female settlers of New Milford. Van Tartwijk will also explore the romantic legends of Sarah Judson and Princess Lillinonah, where love between young Native Americans and Europeans ends in tragedy.

As “The Herstory of Washington: Part Two 1640 - 1730” explores different attitudes towards women in the Connecticut colony during those years, the talk will include a frank discussion of the little discussed enslavement of Native American women; a look at the threats that women sometimes posed to ordered Puritan society, such as the experiences of Alice Young of Windsor, and Stratford’s Goody Bassett, both victims of Connecticut’s witchcraft trials; and the stories of female Quaker ministers, such as Mary Dyer of Boston, who was put to death for her belief.

The presentation, free to the public, is given in conjunction with the Rumsey Hall School and the Washington Community Fund.