THE FEMALE VOICE; Women authors saluted at Andover Historical Society's March Write In

COURTESY IMAGEElizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), an early American feminist who penned "The Singular Life," will be among the female authors from Andover portrayed in next weekend's living history presentation at the Andover Historical Society's Blanchard House. 

March has turned into a month of reading, writing and women’s history events at the Andover Historical Society and some of Andover’s noted authors of the past as well as the present are getting the special attention they deserve.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the historical society has put together a series of events highlighting Andover’s female authors, young and old, of yesterday as well as today.

“The program series highlights local writers from both Andover’s history and today’s broader, contemporary society. Events will appeal to a range of ages and participation levels,” Carrie Midura of the Andover Historical Society said.

Here’s the program:

MEET THE HISTORICAL AUTHORS: Saturday, March 21, 1 to 4 p.m. Authors Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Bessie Goldsmith, Anne Bradstreet and teenage diary writer Abby Locke will return to town for one afternoon of living history presentations. Visit the society’s Blanchard House for a 30-minute guided tour and have the opportunity to “speak” to these illustrious writers from the past. Cost is $5 per member, $7 per non-member; children under 12 admitted free. Register online or call to sign up.

TODAY’S AUTHORS LIVE PANEL: Thursday, March 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Five local authors, including Cheryl Murnane and Kristin Bair O’Keefe, will be panelists who share in a discussion of writing in the 21st century. Writing styles and inspiration sources will be discussed. Audience questions will be welcome. Cost is $5 per member, $7 per non-member, students are admitted free.

BOOK CLUB TALK & DESSERT: Tuesday, March 31, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Explore the past through “Nothing Daunted,” the captivating true story of two restless society girls who left their affluent lives in 1916 to “rough it” as teachers in the wilds of Colorado. Penned by Dorothy Wickenden, editor of The New Yorker, the book is the focus of this month’s book club reading and guided discussion.

All events take place at the Andover Historical Society’s Blanchard House at 97 Main St. For more information or to register for any of the programs, visit or call the historical society at 978-475-2236. 


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