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Jan 1, 2021

In 1938 pioneering female architect and founder of the Hill-Stead Museum, Theodate Pope Riddle of Farmington enjoyed an excursion through Europe. While in London she participated in three sittings with trance mediums, continuing an avocational interest in spiritualism that lasted 34 years.  Hear more about Riddle’s efforts to scientifically prove the ability to communicate with the deceased in this episode hosted by Mary Donohue, Asst Publisher of Connecticut Explored and Melanie Bourbeau, Curator and Director of Interpretation and Programs at the Hill-Stead Museum. 

 If you’d like to learn more about the Theodate Pope Riddle and Spiritualism, visit the museum’s website at and read Bourbeau’s article in the Winter 2020-21 issue of Connecticut Explored, the magazine of Connecticut History. 

Theodate Pope Riddle was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame-read more here:


For more on Spiritualism in Connecticut, go to the website of Connecticut Explored for these articles at:


Mary M. Donohue is the Asst. Publisher of Connecticut Explored. She has documented Connecticut’s architecture, built environment and popular culture for over 30 years.


This episode was produced by Mary M. Donohue and engineered by Patrick O’Sullivan.

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