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Morning Tea with Mr. Darwin: Family First and Foremost

Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:00am – 11:00am

Storrs Campus
Biology/Physics Building, Room 130

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn presents “Morning Tea with Mr. Darwin: Family First and Foremost.” The lecture will be held on Saturday, August 12, 10 am at the Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, UConn.

Family was very important to Charles Darwin. Raised by his sisters after his mother died when he was 8 years old, he came to rely on their council. His father was very proper and was concerned that Charles needed to show more interest in his future. Ultimately, though, he was a caring father who Charles admired with fondness. In his wife, Emma, Charles found true love, respect, and devotion. She was his helpmate through his chronic illnesses and his partner in social affairs and caring for their children. Their parenting style was rather liberal for their time. Charles’ greatest anxiety was the effect of his work on Emma, who was very concerned about his increasing distance from her religious beliefs. The death of their 10-year-old daughter Anne was a soul-crushing tragedy for Charles and Emma, but they supported one another through it and remained strongly committed to their other children throughout their lives. This presentation will share their family’s stories to sketch a picture of life with the Darwins. Mr. Darwin will be portrayed by professor Kenneth Noll of UConn’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

This program is free and advanced registration is not required. To contact the Museum, visit or call 860-486-4460.


Museum of Natural History

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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