Litchfield church hosts ‘Civil War and Religion’ talk

First Congregational Church of Litchfield is celebrating its 300th anniversary and will be holding events throughout this year.

LITCHFIELD — First Congregational Church of Litchfield is hosting a free lecture on “Civil War and Religion” on Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. The lecture will examine the religious world of Litchfield County’s Civil War soldiers and their civilian counterparts.

Peter Vermilyea, the guest speaker, teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School and Western Connecticut State University. Vermilyea is the author of “Hidden History of Litchfield County” and “Wicked Litchfield County.”

The meetinghouse on Torrington Road holds 400 people and there is room for social distancing for those who prefer to attend in person. The lecture will also be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page: facebook.com/FirstCongregationalChurchLitchfield.

Church members have been celebrating the church’s 300th anniversay this year with a series of free lectures that are open to all. They are collecting 300 nonperishable food items during the year to acknowledge 300 years of helping neighbors in need. Baskets will be at the entrances to the meetinghouse for such donations.

Connecticut Media Group