The Unappreciated Role of Women in the Shaping of Puritanism

WED, JUN 10, 2020 (1:20:48)

The Boston Public Library together with the New England Historic Genealogical Society presents “The Unappreciated Role of Women in the Shaping of Puritanism.”

While everyone knows of the challenge that Anne Hutchinson posed to the New England puritan establishment, the roles of ordinary women in Congregationalism has been neglected.

Dr. Francis J. Bremer, coordinator of New England Beginnings, is joined by Donna Curtin, Executive Director of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Together they discuss how women helped to shape puritan ideas, form puritan churches, teach fellow believers, and vote on various ecclesiastical issues.

+ BIO: Donna Curtin

Donna Curtin is Executive Director of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Dr. Curtin co-curated Pilgrim Hall’s 2019-2020 exhibition, pathFounders: Women of Plymouth with Linda Coombs and Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, which includes a soon-to-be-released online series of films representing English and Wampanoag women of the early colony. Previously she was active in the development of historical interpretation and public programs at Plimoth Plantation, and also worked to preserve local historical sites during a long tenure as Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Plymouth 400, Inc.

+ BIO: Francis J. Bremer

Francis J. Bremer is Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and Coordinator of New England Beginnings, a partnership of institutions and individuals organized to commemorate the cultures that shaped early New England. He is the author of over a dozen books on puritanism in the Atlantic world, including most recently Lay Empowerment and the Development of Puritanism. One Small Candle: the Plymouth Puritans and the Beginning of English New England will be published in August.

+ BIO: Ginevra Morse

Ginevra Morse is the Director of Education and Online Programs at NEHGS. She manages online learning opportunities that showcase NEHGS resources. She previously worked in educational publishing, where she also created webinars, and as Publications Coordinator for NEHGS. Ginevra holds a B.A. in anthropology from McGill University in Montréal.

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