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"Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History"
Author Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in Portsmouth for April 25, 2014 Event


On Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6 pm, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Portsmouth (South Church) hosts Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich for a talk, "The Silent Work of Ordinary People." The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ulrich, member of the History Department faculty at Harvard, is a historian of early America and the history of women. She is the author of five books, including the oft-quoted Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History, The Age of Homespun that highlighted many Early American artifacts from Seacoast museums and A Midwife's Tale for which Dr. Ulrich won the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, the John H. Dunning Prize and the New England Historical Association Award, among others. A Midwife's Tale was developed into a documentary film for the PBS series "American Experience." Her innovative and widely influential approach to history has been described as a tribute to "the silent work of ordinary people"— an approach that, in her words, aims to "show the interconnection between public events and private experience."

Dr. Ulrich's guest appearance in Portsmouth also offers the African Burying Ground Committee the first public opportunity to thank her for lending her support as an Honorary Co-Chairperson along with Dr. Henry Louis Gates to the campaign to create the African Burying Ground Memorial Park.

"The African Burying Ground Memorial Park is an opportunity for everyone to 'stand in honor of those forgotten,'" said Committee chair, Vernis Jackson. "Just as Dr. Ulrich's research brings to light 'the silent work of ordinary people,' this extraordinary project has given our community the chance to recognize the silent and forgotten, the people who though enslaved, helped build Portsmouth in those early days of our history. We are delighted to have Dr. Ulrich as honorary co-chair, to remind us of all those who helped shape who and where we are today."