Stirring the Pot: Women in Early Massachusetts

Dear Social Studies Teacher,

I am working with The Partnership of the Historic Bostons on their 2012 Charter Day Program: “Stirring the Pot: Women in Early Massachusetts.”

We have some great programming on tap, including a student-friendly event on Thursday, September 20th, which features role-players from the Plimoth Plantation acting in character as some of the feisty women of 17th century New England history.  It will be an interactive program, with students and audience members welcome to ask questions!

I imagine that September might find your AP US History students studying the 17th century.  I also know that teachers often seek engaging “extra credit” opportunities for students to learn more about history in interactive ways.  We have some scholars on hand who are willing to work with you on a curriculum basis to make our event content relevant to your students.

I’d be delighted to talk with you about working together to make this event one that your AP US History (and certainly other students as well) classes would be encouraged to attend.  When I started working with the Partnership, they felt strongly about expanding their audience to a younger and more vibrant crowd.  I’d love if you shared this opportunity with your colleagues and students, and I’d welcome any suggestions and feedback on ways to make this as student-friendly as possible.


“Stirring the Pot: Women in Early Massachusetts”

Boston Charter Day 2012 – The Partnership of the Historic Bostons


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 (Boston Charter Day):

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Free admission for Massachusetts residents to the Old State House (206 Washington Street) and to the Old South Meeting House (310 Washington Street)

4:30 p.m. (1630 hours):  

Bells ringing for “Boston’s Birthday” in churches in Boston, Dorchester and Watertown.  Birthday celebration (cake and bell-ringing) on plaza across from Old South Meeting House.

4:45 p.m. 

“The Boston Founders Trail” guided walking tour.  Meet at the plaza across from Old South Meeting House

RSVP requested at



6:30 p.m. at the First Church in Boston (66 Marlborough Street, Boston):

“Bringing the Worlds of 17th Century Women to Life” interactive presentation by costumed role players from Plimoth Plantation.  Moderated by Eve LaPlante, author.

RSVP requested at



10:00 a.m. , 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. from the corner of Washington and School Street:

“A 17th Century Walking Tour of Women’s Boston” developed by the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail organization

RSVP required at or call (617) 971-1614.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012: Boston Charter Day Sabbath Gathering

11:00 a.m. at the First Church in Boston (66 Marlborough St., Boston):  

Sermon: “Women’s Roles in Colonial Massachusetts: The Two Annes” preached by       Reverend Rosemary Lloyd, Associate Minister.

1:00 p.m. 

“The Boston Founders Trail” guided walking tour. Leaves from First Church Boston.

RSVP requested at



6:30 p.m. at the Old State House Museum, 15 State Street, Boston:  

“Stirring the Pot: Women in Early Massachusetts”

Panelists:   Charlotte Gordon (Author and Assistant Professor at Endicott College) and Cornelia Dayton (Associate Professor at  the University of Connecticut) 

Moderator:  Jonathan L. Fairbanks (Director of the Fuller Craft Museum and Curator Emeritus at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

RSVP required at



This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.

Best regards,

Karin Turer



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