Perhaps we need to be reminded of how far we’ve come in order to see how far we still can go. Discover what life was really like for New England’s colonial women in the spheres of birth, death, sex and birth control, childcare, sickness, and medicine.
In 2011, Velya Jancz-Urban and her family bought a foreclosed 1770 farmhouse in Woodbury, Connecticut, unaware of what the house would reveal. Behind the walls, surprises and secrets waited to be exposed. This became the spark for the novel, Acquiescence. While researching her novel, Velya became obsessed (in a good way) with colonial women. Her entertainingly informative presentation, “The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife,” not only makes audience members laugh and grimace, but it also honors our foremothers. It’s not about quilting bees and spinning wheels; rather it’s an interactive presentation about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women.
Velya Jancz-Urban is a teacher, author of a number of books on a variety of topics, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, expert on New England’s colonial women, and inhabitant of a 1770 house she claims is haunted. See if you agree by the end of the evening!
This program is free and open to the public. For additional information please contact Peggy at 860.423.2501 or Mccarthyml@mansfieldct.org