NH Humanities Program Tonight-Wit and Wisdom: humor in 19th century New England

Please join us this evening for an NH Humanities Council program of Wit and Wisdom: humor in 19th century New England. Talk presented by Jo Radner.

Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors use to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary “newspapers” full of keen verbal wit. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these “newspapers” were common in villages across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our forebears. Jo Radner shares excerpts from her forthcoming book about hundreds of these “newspapers” and provides examples from villages in your region.

Program co-sponsored by the Lee Historical Society and the Lee Public Library. Click here to register:


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