History Detectives on CPTV Investigates a Farmhouse in East Haddam, Connecticut
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 16, 2008) – When Chris Remy,owner of a 5-acre farmhouse built in 1804, found century-old newspapers writtenin Yiddish inside the walls of his house, he did what every CPTV viewer mightdo: call history detective Elyse Luray.
Luraydiscovered that between 1891 and 1906, the farm changed hands six times. It wasunderstandable that the names of the residents appeared to be mostly EasternEuropean, for the late 1800s marked the beginning of a mass immigration ofEastern European Jews to the UnitedStates. The majority of refugees came from Russia – aresult of violent anti-Jewish riots across the country after the assassinationof Alexander II in 1881. They entered the new land through major East Coastports, especially New York.But why didn’t they stay in the Big Apple? Why did so many of them come to Connecticut? And why didmany of them choose to live in this particular farmhouse in EastHaddam, and then pass it over to someone else?
Tune into CPTV and join History Detectives host Elyse Luray as she tracks downthese answers and more on Wednesday, October 22 at 8 p.m.
History Detectives is in its sixth season on PBS. Itexplores historical objects and the stories behind them, and combines thelatest forensic technology with old-fashioned, pavement-pounding detectivework. The series is hosted by four inquisitivefact-finders: Wesley Cowan, independent appraiser and auctioneer; Elyse Luray,an independent appraiser and expert in art history; Gwendolyn Wright, professorof architecture, Columbia University; and Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociologyand the director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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