Wit and Wisdom: Humor in Nineteenth Century New England
Wit and Wisdom: Humor in Nineteenth Century New England Online
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 forthcoming book about hundreds of these "newspapers" and provides examples from villages in your region.
This event is made possible by a grant from NH Humanities.
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- Monday, July 27, 2020
- 7:00pm - 8:30pm
- Time Zone:
- Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
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