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Wit and Wisdom -Humor in 19th Century New England - October 11th, 7:00 pm

posted Sep 19, 2018, 8:04 AM by Doreen Salera   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 8:06 AM ]
FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC    JO RADNER presents  WIT AND WISDOM: HUMOR in 19th CENTURY NEW ENGLAND
THURSDAY,  OCTOBER 11, 2018 at 7 o’clock, GRANGE HALL in EAST ANDOVER, 7 CHASE HILL ROAD
Sponsored by the Andover Historical Society with a grant from the NH Humanities

 Did you ever wonder what New Englanders did on long winter evenings without cable, satellite, and the Internet? Before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors created neighborhood events to improve their minds. Male and female community members composed and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary “newspapers” full of keen verbal wit - sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental, but mostly very funny.

 Jo Radner will share excerpts from her forthcoming book including material taken from the handwritten newspaper, “Kearsarge Fountain.” Nine issues from 1848 to 1850, written by local Andover people and edited by George E. Emery, William A. Bachelder, and Mary E. Bachelder of East Andover, survive and were evidently kept in the Emery household.

 

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