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WHM – Bethany Groff Dorau – “Women, Wenches and Witches in the 17th Century Newbury” via Zoom

March 25, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

The Actors Studio of Newburyport’s Women’s HERstory Month committee is delighted to announce its celebratory program for this year’s Women’s History Month. “We have assembled an incredible suite of inspiring stories and performances,” says Camille Garro, (WHM Committee Chair). “It’s a melding of dance, theater, music and film, celebrating women and their myriad accomplishments and contributions today and throughout history. The year’s participants include: Custom House Maritime Museum, The Dance Place, The Firehouse Center for the Arts, the Museum of Old Newbury, People’s United Methodists Church and The Screening Room. Please join us for a month of very special events and performances.”


Women were well represented as defendants, witnesses, and accusers in 17th century court cases. Settle in for a fun evening of actual women’s voices from the sizzling pages of the Essex County Quarterly Court. Cursing, fornication, slander, witchcraft, even murder besmirched the reputations of Newbury’s Puritan goodwives, and their expereince is louder, bawdier, and livelier than most of us were taught in school. Join historian and author Bethany Groff Dorau for a theatrical rendition of a 17th century ZOOM court session. Libations provided by Ipswich Ale Brewery.

Bethany Groff Dorau is executive director of the Museum of Old Newbury, the author of A Newburyport Marine in World War I: The Life and Legacy of Eben Bradbury and A Brief History of Old Newbury (History Press). She is also a primary contributor to the Defining Documents in American History Series. Dorau is the recipient of the Preservation Leadership Award from the Newburyport Preservation Trust, the Pioneer in Preservation Award from the Essex National Heritage Commission, and the North of Boston CVB Leadership Award. Bethany sits on the executive board of the North of Boston CVB, Lowell’s Boat Shop, and the planning committee of the Newburyport Literary Festival. She has published articles in the New York Times, New England Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of American History, and Historic New England Magazine. She holds an MA in History from the University of Massachusetts, and lives in West Newbury with her family.

Tickets: $15 (General)  $10 (Museum of Old Newbury Members)
    Each ticket will come with two beers, courtesy of Ipswich Ale Brewer to be picked up at the Museum of Old Newbury.
Dates/times will go out with Zoom link
: This is a Zoom event
When: Friday, March 25, 7:00pm

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For the safety of all who attend live events, all patrons must present proof of full vaccination for Covid-19 in order to enter the venue. Masks must be worn at all times.


March 25, 2022
7:00 pm
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