Halloween will be here soon, but before the witches, zombies, pirates and superheroes head to your neighborhood, you can learn about the history of vampires in Connecticut.
Nicholas Bellantoni, the state archeologist, is hosting a presentation on the history and mythologies of vampires in the status, focusing mainly on remains found in the Jewett City area.
Head to the Kellogg Environmental Center, at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, in Derby at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20 and learn how research and the study of early colonial activities developed the belief of vampire behavior and the on-going fear of the undead.
Bellantoni will tell stories of adults wasting away and dying for unexplained reasons.
“Was it due to departed family members consuming their energy and blood? What else could be possible? And did these stories help build the image of Bram Stocker’s Dracula?,” the news release states.
Admission is free, but the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is asking for donations to help support further educational programs.
The Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society and the Kellogg Environmental Center are sponsoring the event.
Call (203) 734-2513 to register because space is limited.