March Public Program

Penelope Winslow
A slideshow lecture by Michelle Marchetti Coughlin

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7:00 PM
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Penelope Pelham Winslow, a member of the English gentry who was married to Plymouth Colony Governor Josiah Winslow, was one of the most powerful women in Plymouth Colony's history.  Like most of her female contemporaries, however, she has largely been forgotten.  Though she authored or is mentioned in few surviving documents, she left behind a trove of physical evidence-from surviving home possessions to archaeological artifacts-that provide great insight into her experiences.  They also offer a portal into the world of Plymouth Colony's women.  In her new book, Penelope Winslow, Plymouth Colony First Lady: Re-Imagining a Life, Michelle Marchetti Coughlin discovers that blending historical records with material culture provides the keys to re-imagining Winslow's world in all its rich complexity.

Michelle Marchetti Coughlin is an independent scholar and the author of One Colonial Woman's World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit, which received an honorable mention for the Western Association of Women Historians 2014 Kanner Prize.  Ms. Coughlin has been a Massachusetts Humanities Scholar-in-Residence and a historical consultant, and was recently a guest curator of Pilgrim Hall Museum's pathFOUNDERS: Women of Plymouth exhibit.  She currently serves on the board of the Abigail Adams Birthplace, is a Museum Administrator of Boston's Gibson House Museum and maintains a web site.

This program is free and open to the public.
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