EXETER – Join the Exeter Historical Society on Tues., January 8 at 7:30 p.m. (with refreshments at 7:00 p.m.), for a talk by Barbara White, author and retired professor of Women’s Studies. The program will take place at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter. It is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.

The lecture, entitled By a Lady of New Hampshire: Women as Innovators in American Writing, will focus on the careers of four women: Tabitha Tenney (of Exeter), Sarah Josepha Hale, Harriet Wilson and Celia Thaxter. Tenney wrote one of the first satirical fictions to be published in America. In her column, Historically Speaking, Barbara Rimkunas noted “Originally published in 1801 in Boston, the novel was an instant success. Although it was widely known that Tenney had written the piece, it was published without the author’s name attached, as it was inappropriate for a lady to have her name in print.” Hale pioneered writing in several genres and edited Godey’s Lady’s Book for fifty years. Wilson was the first African-American known to have published a novel in America. Thaxter, a poet, was a forerunner of today’s nature writers and ecologists. Like the women about whom she will be speaking, White is an author, having recently published a biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her sisters. For more information, please contact Laura Martin Gowing, program manager, at the Exeter Historical Society at 603-778-2335 or by email, exhissoc@verizon.net.

The Exeter Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the research and preservation of Exeter’s past. The Historical Society is open to the public on a weekly basis, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-4:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For more information call 603-778-2335, email exhissoc@verizon.net, or visit www.exeterhistory.org.

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