Presentation on Women's Role as 1700's Tavern Keepers

MEREDITH — In 1736 Ann Jose Harvey became the owner of a prominent Portsmouth tavern when her husband died and left her the guardian of seven small children. On Tuesday, October 1, at 7 p.m., Marcia Schmidt Blaine will explore why a woman would take on the challenge of running the potentially most disruptive place in town.

Marcia Schmidt Blaine, Ph.D., is a historian of NH & New England history and the Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at Plymouth State University. Blaine also studies various aspects of White Mountain history through her work with the Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth.

The Meredith Public Library and the Meredith Historical Society are pleased to co-offer this program through a grant from the NH Humanities Council. It is free and open to the public. The program will be presented at the Historical Society Building, 45 Main St., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 524-6586.