FC 94 The Massachusetts History Conference

This week we are doing something a little different here on Fieldstone Common. We are going on-site to the 2014 Massachusetts History Conference which was themed “Never Done! Interpreting the History of Women at Work in Massachusetts.”

We’ll hear from a number of the speakers at the conference including keynote speaker Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

The Massachusetts History Conference was held June 2, 2014 on the Campus of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Both presenters and attendees at the conference are featured in this episode, including two previous Fieldstone Common Guests Marla Miller and Michelle Marchetti Coughlin.

Featured guests in this broadcast include:

  • Pleun Bouricius, Mass Humanities
  • Kathryn Allamong Jacob, Curator of Manuscripts, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
  • Jenny O’Neill, Director, Westport, Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, Author
  • Joanne Riley, University Archivist, UMass Boston
  • David Glassberg, Professor, Public History Dept., UMass Amherst
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Professor, Harvard University

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Show Notes – One Colonial Woman’s World with Michelle Coughlin

One Woman's Colonial World with Michelle Marchetti Coughlin on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 7 March 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, author of One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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You can learn more about the book at the One Colonial Woman’s World website. The site also includes a list of appearance that Michelle Marchetti Coughlin will be making this year.

One Colonial Woman’s World, published by The University of Massachusetts Press, is available for purchase from major books sellers online and off such as Amazon.com.

The Chandler family was originally from Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 1686 a number of Roxbury families including the Chandlers settled “New Roxbury” which later became Woodstock, Connecticut.

Mehetabel Chandler’s maternal side, the Douglases, settled in New London. Mehetabel married John Coit, also of New London, Connecticut.

During the week of the show it was discovered that Fieldstone Common host, Marian Pierre-Louis, is a descendant of Mehetabel Chandler Coit’s parents John Chandler and Elizabeth Douglas continuing down through the line of Mehetabel’s brother, John Chandler and his wife, Mary Raymond. Fieldstone Common listener Heather Rojo is also a descendant through Mehetabel’s sister, Hannah Chandler who married Moses Draper.

The University of Massachusetts Press, the publisher of One Colonial Woman’s World, donated two copies of the book that were given as “door prizes” during the live show to listeners in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  A big thank you to The University of Massachusetts Press for  their generosity!

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Upcoming in March on Fieldstone Common!

Be sure to mark your calendar. We’ll be giving away some great books during the live broadcasts of Fieldstone Common.

7 March 2013 at 1pm EST One Colonial Woman's World with Michelle Marchetti Coughlin on Fieldstone Common One Woman’s Colonial World with Michelle Marchetti Couglin. One Colonial Woman’s World reconstructs the life of Mehetabel Chandler Coit (1673–1758), the author of what may be the earliest surviving diary by an American woman.
14 March 2013 at 1pm EST Mingling Souls Upon Paper with Bonnie Hurd Smith on Fieldstone Common Mingling Souls Upon Paper with Bonnie Hurd Smith. Through the letters of Judith Sargent Murray, author Bonnie Hurd Smith brings to life an extraordinary 18th century love story.
21 March 2013 at 1pm EST Hidden History of the Boston Irish with Peter F. Stevens on Fieldstone Common Hidden History of the Boston Irish with Peter F. Stevens. Peter Stevens offers an entertaining and compelling portrait of the Irish immigrant saga and the Boston Irish experience.
28 March 2013 at 1pm EST The notorious Elizabeth Tuttle with Ava Chamberlain on Fieldstone Common The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle with Ava Chamberlain. Elizabeth Tuttle was Jonathan Edwards’s “crazy grandmother.” This book brings to light the tragic story of an ordinary woman and explores the deeper tensions between the ideal Puritan life and its messy reality.

One Colonial Woman’s World Now a Podcast

PodcasticonbeDerickkwaThe most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, author of the book One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit is now available as a podcast.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player (click play below) or downloaded to iTunes (also below).

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One Colonial Woman’s World with Michelle Coughlin

LIVE: THURSDAY, 7 March 2013 at 1:00pm ESTOne Woman's Colonial World with Michelle Marchetti Coulghlin on Fieldstone Common

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Michelle Marchetti Coughlin, author of One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit.

One Colonial Woman’s World reconstructs the life of Mehetabel Chandler Coit (1673–1758), the author of what may be the earliest surviving diary by an American woman. A native of Roxbury, Massachusetts, who later moved to Connecticut, Mehetabel began her diary at the age of fifteen and kept it intermittently until she was well into her seventies. A previously overlooked resource, the diary contains entries on a broad range of topics as well as poems, recipes, folk and herbal medical remedies, religious meditations, financial accounts, and even some humor. An extensive collection of letters by Mehetabel and her female relatives has also survived, shedding further light on her experiences.

It is clear from the surviving writings that Mehetabel lived a rich and varied life, not only running a household and raising a family, but reading, writing, traveling, transacting business, and maintaining a widespread network of family, social, and commercial connections. While her experiences were circumscribed by gender norms of the day, she took a lively interest in the world around her and played an active role in her community.

Mehetabel’s long life covered an eventful period in American history, and this book explores the numerous—and sometimes surprising—ways in which her personal experiences were linked to broader social and political developments. It also provides One Woman's Colonial World with Michelle Marchetti Coughlin on Fieldstone Commoninsight into the lives of countless other colonial American women whose history remains largely untold.

Michelle Marchetti Coughlin is an independent scholar and former editor who holds graduate degrees in history and English and American Literature. She lives south of Boston with her husband Mark and is currently working on an article about Mehetabel’s mother’s poem.

For more details and upcoming schedule see: http://FieldstoneCommon.blogspot.com