Novelist Thomas Wolfe was wrong. You can go home again: at least if home was once in Ridgefield. I want to thank everyone who transformed my visit to the 240th anniversary Battle Weekend into a personal homecoming never to be forgotten.
Where to start? First goes a hearty “well done” to Lou Demchuk and the Jerusalem Masonic Lodge for lighting the re-enactment fuse and pulling it off in grand style … and for including my lecture in their program. Seamlessly integrating the Masons, SAR, and the re-enactor community together with town institutions was no simple task. I am in awe of the job Sharon, Betsey, Kay, Michele, and dozens of others at Ridgefield Historical Society are doing to inculcate local history into the very streets. And thank you, Gary Singer, for ensuring my PowerPoint presentation was not eaten alive by an unfamiliar laptop computer.