'Vagabond Quakers' topic of talk Sept. 18 at Laconia Library

LACONIA — Olga Morrill will feature a presentation titled "Vagabond Quakers" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in Rotary Hall on the lower level of the Laconia Public Library, under the auspices of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society.

Before 1840, the New Hampshire region we know as Belknap County was a part of Strafford County. The county seat of Dover and points west toward the Lakes Region were often hiding places for those who lived just outside of ridged Puritan doctrine. Before the American Revolution, these 17th and 18th century stories of those seeking religious freedom and independence abound. During these early years of European settlement , the Province of New Hampshire frequently shared the law, governors, and overall enforcement with the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s was part of a cruel sensibility that cast a wide net of suspicion and deceit among Indians and settlers alike.

Olga Morrill brings an extensive background in these studies to this event. She recently completed 24 years as Program Coordinator and Librarian with the Conway Public Library. An accomplished Storyteller, Olga's repertoire includes music, a wealth of historic New Hampshire oversight, the Drama Studio, as well as the New Hampshire Writers Project. Morrill is a fixture in statewide story forums and students of all ages will enjoy her grasp of subject and substance.

Learn of the remarkable brutality of the Puritan authorities in the Massachusetts Bay Colony against the Society of Friends through fascinating true stories from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For further information, contact LHMS at 527-1278, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to www.laconiahistory.org.