Author Talk


(Updated) Bonds of Kinship, Love, and Conscience: The Beechers and the Lyman Family of Middlefield’s Lyman Orchards with author Diana Ross McCain

August 8, 2019

Book talk and signing with author Diana Ross McCain, author of Thy Children’s Children: A Historical Novel Based on the True Story of Five Generations of a New England Grassroots Dynasty


Harriet Beecher Stowe was the great-granddaughter of John and Hope Lyman, who in 1741 settled on land in Middlefield, Connecticut, that today is part of Lyman Orchards, an agricultural/recreational complex operated by the eighth and ninth generations of Lyman descendants. The Beecher and Lyman families maintained close ties for many decades, supporting each other in times of tragedy, and becoming activists in reform movements including temperance and the abolition of slavery.


Author Diana Ross McCain will discuss the role the Beecher family, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, plays in her novel about the Lyman family, Thy Children’s Children. Copies of Thy Children’s Children will be available for purchase and autographing.


McCain is an independent historian who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history. She was on the staff of the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford for twenty-five years, and is the author of five works of non-fiction.

Location Harriet Beecher Stowe Center 77 Forest Street Hartford CT 06015
Doors Open
Program 1 PM - 2:30 PM