Residents of many parts of Connecticut and eastern New York have long heard stories of the Old Leather Man. He was a mysterious figure who appeared in 1856—wandering the country roads and sleeping in caves, huts, and lean-to shelters, dressed in an outfit he fashioned from scraps of leather. In about 1883 he began traveling in his famous clockwise circuit—a regular route of 365 miles every 34 days. He continued this pattern until his death in 1889. Today, despite various attempts to discover his true identity, much about the Leather Man remains unknown.
In his book The Old Leather Man: Historical Accounts of a Connecticut and New York Legend, Dan W. DeLuca has collected newspaper articles, photographs, and other documents that chronicle the life of this mysterious traveler. The lecture will feature a short talk about new information on the Leather Man, a 20-minute video featuring the Leather Man, and a question and answer session. A book signing will follow the lecture.
3 pm. Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Presented by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn. 860.486.4460 - www.mnh.uconn.edu
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