Monday, April 21, 2008

"Do you know about Thomas Hickey?"

At a Golf Elderhostel at Penn State University last August I was asked by a self-described retired historian who had seen the words "Wethersfield, Connecticut" on my name tag, "Do you know about Thomas Hickey?" Hickey it seems may have been the most notorious Revolutionary War resident in the history of my home town - and neither Mars nor I had ever heard of him.

In retirement Mars and I have become members of the Wethersfield Historical Society and, that summer, we had helped to implement a section on the society's website that would present non-scholarly historical articles written by members of the organization. Now I was looking for a subject on which I could write a "members article". So I began a multi-month, part-time research project on Thomas Hickey - my first historical research since college in the early 1960's.

The "great work" is now completed and available to the public on the Wethersfield Historical Society website. I have included the link below. I hope that you enjoy reading it.

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