WOLFEBORO — Meg Peterson will present the program Traveling Through Life Off the Beaten Track at the Wolfeboro Public Library on Thursday, August 22 at 7 p.m.
Meg has loved travel since her first overseas adventure in college in 1949 as a member of the Quaker International Voluntary Service team sent to Denmark, France and Germany to help rebuild bombedout hospitals and schools after World War II. A year later, she and her husband returned to Europe on an extended hitching honeymoon and lived in Germany until shortly before the birth of their first child.
Seven years later, after moving five times and bearing five children, she settled in New Jersey. In 1961, Meg and her husband bought Oscar Schmidt International, the maker of Autoharps, a relatively unknown instrument used primarily in schools. Together, they redesigned and upgraded the instrument and turned the Autoharp into a popular solo instrument.
Life has always been an adventure to Meg, whether running the international organization Music Education for the Handicapped, organizing international symposia, or hitchhiking with her children through Europe. She traveled behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s and, since her divorce after thirty-three years of marriage, has made two around the world solo backpacking trips. She has also completed shorter trips like the Wainwright walk across England, the Inca Trail in Peru, Mt. Kailash in Tibet, and the Kangchenjunga and Annapurna circuits in Nepal.
Meg co-authored a play, “Thank You Dear,” which was produced in Deerfield, Massachusetts and has had her essays published in the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and New York Newsday. Her book “Madam, Have you Ever Really Been Happy? An Intimate Journey through Africa and Asia” was published in June 2005. The book chronicles her first trip around the world, carrying only one backpack, a camera, journals, an open ticket and making her way with no reservations through an unknown, sometimes scary, sometimes funny, but always remarkable world.
For further information about this event, call 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.