Lecture to focus on lives of mill girls
WILTON - The Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Public Library are proud to co-sponsor a lecture by Maine author Elizabeth DeWolfe on Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 pm at The Wilton Farm & Home Museum.
Professor DeWolfe is Professor and Chair of the Dept. of History & Philosophy at the University of New England in Biddeford, where she teaches courses in women’s history and American culture. She will be speaking about her book “The Murder of Mary Bean & Other Stories” which features some tragic tales of young women lured to the big cities for factory jobs in the early nineteenth century Maine – tales which served as warnings to keep young girls safe at home down on the family farm.
These tales should be of specific interest to a Wilton audience whose very ancestors made their living for at least four generations – both men and women- at the local Bass Shoe Factory and The Wilton Woolen Mill.
DeWolfe will punctuate her lecture with a lively, sometimes humorous, sometimes scandalous, slide show.
The Public are heartily welcome to attend. A donation of $5 is appreciated at the door, or advance tickets are available at The Wilton Public Library. Also call the museum website at www.thewiltonfarmandhomemuseum.org