Lost in a Laughing-Gas World: Horace Wells in Fact and Fiction

Portrait of Horace Wells by Dr. James Goodwin McManus, 1944, Courtesy of The Connecticut Historical Society

Illustrated lecture by Michael Downs, author of The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 2:00 pm
Keeney Memorial Cultural Center
200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT

In recognition of the 175th anniversary of the discovery of anesthesia, author Michael Downs will discuss the tragic life of Hartford dentist Horace Wells whose obsession with pain and its destruction threatened his family, his finances, and his sanity.

Reservations Requested
Admission is $15 (nonmembers) & $12 (members) includes a copy of The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist



Members of Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, Bushnell Park Foundation, Hartford Medical Society, Horace Wells Club, Hartford Dental Society, Connecticut State Dental Association, American Society of Dentists Anesthesiologists, American Dental Society of Anesthesia, and Wethersfield Historical Society qualify for the member admission rate.

Questions, contact Beverly Lucas at (860) 956-3311 or blucas@cedarhillcemetery.org.


Presented by Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation & Bushnell Park Foundation

Funding provided by Connecticut Humanities