History Matters: Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Winslow: Reconstructing a Life through Material Culture
On Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 4 p.m., the Library will welcome historian and author Michelle Marchetti Coughlin for her lecture, "Plymouth Colony First Lady Penelope Winslow: Reconstructing a Life through Material Culture". Penelope Pelham Winslow, a member of the English gentry who was married to Plymouth Colony governor Josiah Winslow, was one of the most powerful women in Plymouth Colony, but she, like most of her female contemporaries, has largely been forgotten. Though she left few surviving documents, she did leave behind a trove of physical evidence--from surviving homes and possessions to archaeological artifacts--that provide great insight into her experiences. They also offer a portal into the world of Plymouth Colony's women.
Michelle Marchetti Coughlin is an independent scholar and the author of One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit. The book received an honorable mention for the Western Association of Women Historians 2014 Kanner Prize. She serves on the board of the Abigail Adams Birthplace and as Museum Administrator of Boston's Gibson House Museum. Ms. Coughlin has served as a Massachusetts Humanities Scholar-in-Residence and is currently a consulting historian on a research project involving the nineteenth-century abolitionist Bradford sisters of Duxbury, Mass.