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Rokeby to look at a woman's 19th century life

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Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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SUSAN OUELLETTE'S TALK, "An Extraordinary Woman," focuses on the diaries of Bristol resident Phebe Orvis, who spent ten years recounting 19th century life in Bristol and surrounding areas. Photo courtesy Rokeby Museum

FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum will open for its 2018 season on Sunday, May 20. Marking the start of the 2018 special program series, Susan Ouellette, Professor of History and American Studies at St. Michael’s College will speak about her recently published book, “An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman” at 3 p.m.

Of special interest to Addison County residents, and Vermont and New York history enthusiasts, Ouellette shares her research and analysis of the diary of Phebe Orvis. Orvis, a Bristol resident with ties to Vergennes and Middlebury, began a journal in 1820 and kept it faithfully for a decade. Her diary not only captures details of everyday life of an ordinary woman living in 19th century Vermont and upstate New York, but also sheds light on her ambition for education and family, and how the changing social and economic environment in which she lived greatly affected her life. Books will be available for purchase.

The Museum is located at 4334 Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. Call 802-877-3406 or e-mail at [email protected] for more information. Tickets for the program only are $5 program only or free with Museum admission.

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