Saturday, April 9 at 4:00 pm

Carole Owens on Remarkable Women of New England: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers: The War Years 1754-1787

On Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., local historian and author Carole Owens will tell stories from her book Remarkable Women of New England: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers: The War Years 1754 to 1787, in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room at the Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main Street.  The book talk is co-sponsored by the Bidwell House Museum and the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.

 

Remarkable Women describes the day-to-day lives of women in the 18th century in the home, the church, the village, and society, based on Owens’ research of women’s letters and journals. These women include several former Stockbridge residents: Mary Gray Bidwell, a quiet country woman who had a front row seat on the war and the formation of the new nation; Rev. Jonathan Edwards’s daughter Esther Edwards Burr, whose husband founded Princeton University and whose son was the second Vice President of the United States (and tried for treason); and Lavinia Deane Fisk, who was widowed during the Revolutionary War and whose second marriage triggered a fire storm that led to a revolutionary war in the Congregational Church. Owens also tells the story of Anna Dix Orton Bingham, the Widow Bingham who fought to become the first woman to have a tavern license in Berkshire County, which sat on the site of today’s Red Lion Inn. The war years changed the lives of each of these women and perhaps their lives changed our new country.

 

Carole Owens lives in Stockbridge and is the author of seven books, two newspaper columns, and numerous feature articles. Remarkable Women of New England: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers: The War Years 1754 to 1787 was published in January 2016 by Globe Pequot. Copies will be available for purchase at the talk.

 

Co-sponsored by the Bidwell House Museum and the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, the talk is free and open to the public; donations are welcome. Please call 413-528-6888 for more information.

 

The Bidwell House Museum is a Berkshires Colonial history museum located at 100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA. For more information, please visit www.bidwellhousemuseum.org.

 



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