Newport Historical Society Lecture

Published by MM Editor on Tuesday, 7th November 2017 - 5:24PM

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A FAMILY AND A FORTUNE: A LECTURE BY AUTHOR REBECCA FRASER

Venue-NHS Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI

Time-5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Costs- $5 per person, $1 for NHS members, active and retired military with ID.

Join author Rebecca Fraser for a talk based on her new book, “The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America” (St. Martin’s Press, 2017). The book sheds new light on the Winslow family caught up in all the perils of crossing the ocean and settling in the wilderness. During her talk, Ms. Fraser will discuss a cache of unknown documents in London’s National Archives that she discovered during her research that show that a major court case developed between the son-in-law of Rhode Island Governor Benedict Arnold, Edward Pelham, and his half-sister Penelope, the wife of Governor Josiah Winslow. Born in England, Pelham married Freelove Arnold the youngest daughter of Governor Benedict Arnold and spent the rest of his life in Newport.

Rebecca Fraser is a writer and broadcaster whose previous work includes a biography of Charlotte Bronte, putting Charlotte in her proper context by examining her life within the framework of contemporary attitudes to women. Ms. Fraser was President of the Brontë Society for many years . She wrote the introduction to the Everyman Edition of “Shirley and the Professor” and is a contributor to the BBC History website. Her most recent book, “The Story of Britain” (W.W. Norton) is a highly readable account of British history.

Lecture generously sponsored by the Harborside Inn.


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