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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Everyone knows about Norwich’s claim to the Revolutionary War’s biggest traitor, but City Historian Dale Plummer tells tales of the Wauregan, where President Lincoln once stayed, as well as a secret burial ground in Norwichtown and efforts to restore a WWI cannon.

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Jim Littlefield of East Lyme discusses Nazi spies in our midst, a Revolutionary War skirmish in Niantic and a murder mystery. 

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Eighty-eight-year-old James Mosely of Waterford, the first African-American medical corpsman to go through the Navy’s nuclear training school, remembers the day when the U.S. military was desegregated and tells about being part of a Library of Congress history project.

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New London City Historian Sally Ryan talks about the early days of Ocean Beach, the Hurricane of 1938 and urban renewal, drawing extensively from personal experiences.

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John Ruddy and Dirk Langeveld, authors of the new coffee-table book published by The Day titled “When Disaster Strikes: Shipwrecks, Storms and Other Calamities in Southeastern Connecticut,” tell how they found out about little-known fires, floods and plane crashes from the distant past as they scoured historical societies and archives for dramatic photographs.

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