Wit and Wisdom: The Forgotten Literary Life of New England Villages

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.  


Join us as we celebrate 50 years of bringing the humanities to your community!

Event Details


Sunday, October 20, 2024 3:00pm


Plainfield Town Hall
1079 Route 12A
Plainfield NH 03781

Hosted By:

Plainfield Historical Society

Contact Info:

Plainfield Historical Society, 603-298-8834