Presenter: Jo Radner
Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary "newspapers" full of keen verbal wit. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these "newspapers" were common in villages across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our forebears. Jo Radner shares excerpts from her newly published book about hundreds of these "newspapers" and provides examples from villages in your region.
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 2:00pm
The Pierce Manse14 Horseshoe Pond LaneConcord NH 03301
The Pierce Brigade
Joan Davis, 603-224-2939
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