NEW ENGLAND IN THE THROES OF CHANGE…. am very excited about our program next month. While we are surrounded here in Harvard with some of our very own talented historians, we will be joined at 12:15PM ON APRIL 7th at ST THERESA’S ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISH HALL by Mary Fuhrer and member Karen Dolimount who will talk to us about Mary’s book “A Crisis of Community,  The Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848”. Mary’s book will be available for sale and for signing after the program.

As our program explains, “We all know HWC member Karen Dolimount as a talented artist and art teacher, but recently Karen collaborated with author Mary Fuhrer illustrating a non-fiction book about New England. Mary is a public historian who interprets 18th and 19th century New England for historical societies and museums. The book describes life around Boylston and the active choices people made in that community that ultimately brought about changes and historical consequences.

Sound familiar?  Sounds like we might even be talking about our own town, Harvard and those very critical and expensive choices that have and will continue to present themselves to us. Our Town Hall, Shaker Cemetery, Hildreth House, Bromfield House… and what to do with our Town Center.

Photo: Julie L'HeureuxKaren has a Master’s Degree in Education from Rutgers in Creative Arts in Education. She has taught at several colleges and universities and her work has been on exhibit at Centenary College and Worcester Center for Crafts. She is a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York, the Copley Society and a Distinguished Member of the Art Association in Concord, MA. Karen has received several ‘Best in Show’ awards in juried shows and ‘1st Oils’ at the Framingham 275th Anniversary Art Exhibit.

In her ABOUT ME page of her website, Mary explains that she “… is a public historian who specializes in the social history of New England. For seven years, Mary was historian at Fruitlands. She has a B.A. in History from Princeton, an M.A. in Public History from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of New Hampshire. Mary’s professional experience has focused on recovering the everyday life of New England’s folk and helping others use primary source evidence such as letters, diaries, vital, church and town records, tax valuations, wills, deeds, and material culture to tell stories from the past. She provides research and programs as a consulting historian for historical and humanities associations.”

Please join us to listen to Mary and Karen. There may be some lessons to ‘take away’.

The name of our program:  “New England in the Throes of Change,  1815-1848”Luncheon will be served at 11:30; program to begin at 12:15PM on April 7th at St Theresa’s Roman Catholic Parish Hall at 17 Still River Road in Harvard, Massachusetts. All are welcome.

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