Joseph McGill Jr., a veteran Civil War re-enactor and former employee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Charleston, S.C., has made it his life’s mission to sleep in every slave dwelling known throughout the United States. We caught up to him in New London as he appeared in the fifth annual Juneteenth Celebration June 6-8, commemorating the announcement in 1865 that the Civil War had ended and all slaves were now free.

Michael Dreimiller, a member of the Thames Base Ball Club in New London, reviews the history of the game in southeastern Connecticut and how aficionados are reviving 19th-century rules.

Historians Jim Streeter and Tom Althuis talk about the heroine of both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, along with other interesting characters, including three presidents, who spent time in her Groton home. The City of Groton is trying to sell the 1782 house, and many history buffs want it turned into a museum.

Trinity Missionary Church in New London is honoring five people as part of a Black History program Feb. 24, and we are able to gather four of them: attorney Lonnie Braxton, funeral home owner Lester Gee, prison ministry leader Winston Taylor and local businessman Bill Cornish. We also talk about the fifth honoree, longtime United Way Food Center employee Sara Louis Chaney.

Built originally in 1868, the Ocean House in Watch Hill attracts thousands of visitors every year for its upscale dining not far from Taylor Swift’s beachside residence. Now a new hardcover book by Ocean House events manager Lauren DiStefano tells its story.

Dirk Langeveld tells the story of millionaire Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, the most infamous draft dodger of the Great War and one of America’s first airplane pilots (he trained under the Wright Brothers), who made a daring escape from U.S. custody and used fake identities to flee from Canada to Germany, where he survived two kidnapping attempts only to return to the United States in ignominy just before WWII.

Mystic native Jade Huguenin and historian Martin Smith talk about their new book, “Postcard History: Mystic” as well as plans for an Aug. 18 panel discussion about Groton and Mystic history.

Author Ken Kesey talks about his new book, “A Pictorial Journal of Ocean Beach Park,” recalling the New London beach’s early days as a fun spot for the wealthy, along with its evolution into a honky-tonk area and then, after the Hurricane of 1938, its transformation into a public park.

Tom Callinan of Norwich, the first official state troubadour, takes us on a musical journey through two centuries of American history, including songs about the first submarine built in Connecticut and a famed dog from WWI.

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