Mercy Otis Warren: Muse of the Revolution

TUE, JUN 17, 2008 (1:02:09)

Barbara Delorey, Patrice Hatcher, and Nancy Rubin Stewart enact and describe Mercy Otis Warren's important contributions to the American Revolution.

Mercy Otis Warren may not be as well known as her brother, James Otis, or her friends John and Abigail Adams, but she was just as much a patriot as her famous contemporaries. She was also a poet, playwright, scholar, and historian. Truly a woman ahead of her time, Warren is brought to life here by Barbara Delorey and Patrice Hatcher, who portray Warren at different points in time. In addition, Nancy Rubin Stewart, author of Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation, presents her research on this very remarkable woman.

"The origin of all power is in the people, and they have an incontestable right to check the creatures of their own creation." -Mercy Otis Warren

This lecture is funded by a gift to continue the legacy of the New England Women's Club. The Club was founded in 1868 by a group of Boston women, including Julia Ward Howe. The fund, a gift to The Bostonian Society, provides support for women's history programs.

+ BIO: Barbara Delorey

Mrs. Delorey, a member of the reenactment community going back to before the bicentennial days, is a consultant, writer, lecturer, historic interpreter and costumer. She is editor of the The Circle of the Rose, a publication for historical interpreters and reenactors. She holds membership in the Costume Society of America, The Costume Society (UK), and The Company of Military Historians.

Mrs. Delorey has been a symposium speaker at the MFA Boston, and Costume Society symposia in Ohio, New Hampshire & Massachusetts and has held workshops and programs for numerous historical and genealogical societies. In the Museum of Fine Arts Boston she had five years experience in the Costume and Textile Department conservation lab and as a research associate in curatorial, and was also curator of collections at the Braintree Historical Society, She is currently serving a 3-year term as Massachusetts State Historian, Daughters of the American Revolution, where she also holds 3 chairmanships-- Commemorative Events, George Washington Bicentennial Committee and Revolution 225.

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