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The Forgotten Literary Life of New England Villages on Zoom

2023-07-18 19:00:00 2023-07-18 20:00:00 America/New_York The Forgotten Literary Life of New England Villages on Zoom Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the late 1800s, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. MHL Virtual Programs -

Tuesday, July 18
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-07-18 19:00:00 2023-07-18 20:00:00 America/New_York The Forgotten Literary Life of New England Villages on Zoom Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the late 1800s, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. MHL Virtual Programs -

Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the late 1800s, 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. Learn about these hundreds of "newspapers" and delve into examples from villages in Massachusetts.

Led by Jo Radner, author of Wit and Wisdom: The Forgotten Literary Life of New England Villages, about a 19th-century village tradition of creating and performing handwritten literary newspapers. Before returning to her family home in western Maine as a freelance storyteller and oral historian, Radner spent 31 years as a professor at American University in Washington, DC. There she taught literature, folklore, women's studies, American studies, Celtic studies, and storytelling. She has published books and articles in all those fields. Radner received her PhD from Harvard University and is a past president of the American Folklore Society and the National Storytelling Network.

This program is in collaboration with Tewksbury Public Library.

NOTE: This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 24 hours of the program.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Library Program--Adults |

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