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Sweethearts at Sea

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free

“Sweethearts at Sea: Love and Marriage in the New England Whaling Industry”
Tuesday, September 26, at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library. Presented by Amanda Goodheart Parks. During the nineteenth century, when Yankee whale oil lit the world, men from more than thirty New England communities sailed the seven seas in the pursuit of whales, leaving their families behind for up to five years at a time. Couples faced the daunting prospect of spending most of their married lives apart. Meanwhile, new philosophies encouraging companionate marriages became popular in New England society. That is until the 1840s, when a small group of married couples defied social and industrial tradition by going to sea together aboard whaleships. This illustrated lecture will focus on one of these remarkable couples— Captain John and Elizabeth Marble of Fall River, Massachusetts— using the letters and journals they left behind to tell a story of love, life, and loss at sea.
 
Amanda Goodheart Parks has been studying gender and marriage in the New England whaling industry for more than a decade. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and an extensive career in museum education, Parks is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst while serving as the Director of Education at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT.
 
This program is free and open to the public. Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 to register or for more information. The Essex Library is located at 33 West Ave. in Essex.

Details

Date:
September 26
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
http://www.youressexlibrary.org/

Venue

Essex Library
33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Phone:
860 767-1560

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Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
Essex, CT 06426 860-767-3904 or email message@experienceessex.com