John F. Hill Grange Hall @ 1412 State Road
FEBRUARY 3rd noted author and Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, Tammi Truax, will share her research and the compelling story “Ona Judge Staines: Her life before and after her 1796 escape to NH”. The enslaved servant of President and Martha Washington, Ona successfully eluded their efforts to recapture her, making her way to Portsmouth and later Greenland, NH. Learn about some of the area’s famous families who helped the Black Community defy the most powerful man in the country as she made her journey to freedom.
MARCH 2nd, researcher and writer Eric Christian will focus on “Hawthorne’s Eliot Inspiration – The Life of Mary Bachiler in Puritan Maine”. Two hundred years before Nathaniel Hawthorne published his famous novel, The Scarlet Letter, the original inspiration for his story lived a tumultuous life in a part of Kittery which became Eliot. Mary Beadle Bachiler, the fourth wife of Rev. Stephen Bachiler made a remarkable recovery from public humiliation in 1651, when she was convicted of adultery, to earning the distinction as being the only woman to sign the Submission of Maine to Massachusetts at William Everett’s Tavern in 1652. Join us as we explore the life of this interesting pioneer, wife, and mother and uncover one of the many interesting stories of Maine’s early settlement.
APRIL 13th, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to our Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, Maine author Anne Gass will join us to speak about her book and great-grandmother, “Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage”. Florence Whitehouse led the suffrage movement in Maine, joining forces with national leader Alice Paul, and helped to ensure the Maine legislature’s ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1919. A novelist, painter, vocalist and mother of three sons when she joined the movement in 1914, this lively program will feature many historic photographs.
Programs are FREE and Refreshments will be served.
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