Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Colonial Crimes

The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England

Exeter, New Hampshire – Join the Exeter Historical Society on Wednesday, January 6 at 7:30 pm (with refreshments at 7 p.m.), for “The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England” by Diane Rapaport, award-winning author and historical consultant. The program will take place at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter, and is free and open to the public.

Diane Rapaport presents stories of naked Quakers and other forgotten Americans, bringing them to life in true court cases from colonial New England. On court days in colonial New England, folks gathered from miles around to listen as local magistrates convened to hear cases. In the abundant records extant from these hearings, we experience the passions and concerns of ordinary people, often in their own words, more than three centuries after the emotion-charged events that brought them to court. Rapaport will draw on these records in her presentation to illustrate some of the surprising aspects of life in this period of New England’s history. For more information about the program, contact Laura Martin Gowing, program manager, at the Exeter Historical Society at 603-778-2335 or info@exeterhistory.org.

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 – 4:30 pm, and on Saturdays from 9:30 am to noon. Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, PO Box 924, Exeter, New Hampshire, 03833, 603-778-2335, info@exeterhistory.org, www.exeterhistory.org.