Special Public Program

A talk by John Smolens, author of "The Schoolmaster's Daughter," a novel of the American Revolution

Sponsored by:
The Historical Society of Watertown
The Watertown Free Public Library

Thursday, September 22, 2011
7:00 PM
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

With the outbreak of the American Revolution, Abigail Lovell's family is torn apart.  While her schoolmaster father is an outspoken loyalist and prominent figurehead in the community, she and her two brothers engage in acts of espionage to undermine the British forces in Boston.  Her sickly older brother, James, operates the patriots' spy ring, while Abigail acts as a courier, eluding increasingly aggressive British patrols.  Meanwhile, her younger brother, Benjamin, slips out of Boston to fight alongside Abigail's love, Ezra, at Concord and Bunker Hill.  With the help of her friend, Rachel Revere, Abigail smuggles money and supplies to the gathering patriot forces

The Schoolmaster's Daughter is the story of a family torn assunder--and of a determined young woman who must make courageous decisions if she is to aid in liberating her country.

John Smolens is the author of seven works of fiction, including Cold; The Invisible World; Fire Point; and The Anarchist.  He earned a BA from Boston College, an MA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA from the University of Iowa.  A professor of English at Northern Michigan University, he was named Michigan Author of the Year 2010 by the Michican Library Association.

This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Joyce at 781-899-7239.


Special Series:  Watertown and Mount Auburn

Mount Auburn to Arlington Street Cemetery

Sponsored by:
The Friends of Mount Auburn
The Historical Society of Watertown
The Watertown Historical Commission

Sunday, September 18, 2011
10:00 AM
Asa Gray Garden
Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Join Clare Murphy for an exploration of the Arlington Street Cemetery - Watertown's oldest burial ground.  Departing from Mount Auburn's Asa Gray Garden, the group will walk to the Arlington Street Cemetery, learning more about Watertown's earliest settlers along the way.

This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Joyce at 781-899-7239.