Nicholas Bellantoni, Ph.D., Emeritus State Archaeologist, will present a program on the history and mythologies of vampires in Connecticut, with a focus on remains found in the Jewett City area. This special seasonal program, sponsored by the Naugatuck Valley Audubon Society and the Kellogg Environmental Center, will take place on Tuesday, Oct.  20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby.

Bellantoni will share his knowledge of Connecticut history and cultural activity of long ago.  Learn how research and study of early colonial activities developed the belief of vampire behavior and the on-going fear of the undead.

Specifically related to the study of remains in Connecticut, stories will be told of strong adults wasting away and dying for unexplained reasons.  Was it due to departed family members consuming their energy and blood? What else could be possible?  And did these stories help build the image of Bram Stocker’s Dracula?

Bellantoni will spend the evening taking you on a journey into the past to see what the bones, graves and history tell us about the myth and fact of each situation.  The program is offered free of charge, but donations are requested to help support further educational programs.

Call to register as space is limited.  The CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Kellogg Environmental Center is located at 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.  For further information, directions, or to register call (203) 734-2513 or email donna.kingston@ct.gov.