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Cape Ann Museum

January 2020

Judith Sargent Murray: A Complicated Woman

January 25, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cape Ann Museum Gloucester, MA 01930 + Google Map
Free – $15

Lecture by Sheila Skemp, Clare Leslie Marquette Professor of History at the University of Mississippi and Judith Sargent Murray biographer Judith Sargent Murray always characterized herself as a supremely rational person. In reality, like virtually all of us, her life and her views were filled with anomalies and contradictions. Some of those contradictions were small and unimportant, but others—especially her attitudes toward class and gender differences—were profoundly troubling and never truly resolved. Sheila Skemp, author of First Lady of Letters:…

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Judith Sargent Murray: A Complicated Woman

January 25, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cape Ann Museum Gloucester, MA 01930 + Google Map
Free – $15

Lecture by Sheila Skemp, Clare Leslie Marquette Professor of History at the University of Mississippi and Judith Sargent Murray biographer Judith Sargent Murray always characterized herself as a supremely rational person. In reality, like virtually all of us, her life and her views were filled with anomalies and contradictions. Some of those contradictions were small and unimportant, but others—especially her attitudes toward class and gender differences—were profoundly troubling and never truly resolved. Sheila Skemp, author of First Lady of Letters:…

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February 2020

A Conversation with Copley

February 8, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cape Ann Museum Gloucester, MA 01930 + Google Map
Free – $15

Presented by Daud Alzayer John Singleton Copley, the preeminent portrait painter of 18th century America, is famed for the hints of personality his meticulous portraits capture. What do we learn about the brilliant young Judith Sargent from Copley's likeness of her and what conversations may have taken place over the artist's easel? In this first-person presentation, the audience will have a chance to meet the artist and hear a speculative description of the encounter. This interactive presentation will include time…

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March 2020

Redefining Women: The Impact of the Revolution on Gender Ideology

March 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cape Ann Museum Gloucester, MA 01930 + Google Map
Free – $15

Presented by Carol Berkin and Elizabeth Matelski Colonial Society based its assumptions about women’s intellectual capacities, their nature, and their appropriate roles in society on three pillars: God, Nature, and Law and Custom. The American Revolution played a major role in challenging the gender ideology that resulted. The “woman question,” debated by intellectuals like Judith Sargent Murray, Benjamin Rush, and Susannah Rowson, led to a new paradigm for defining womanhood. In her lecture, Carol Berkin examines the impact of the…

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