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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Not-So-Good Life of a Colonial Goodwife


 March is women’s history month, celebrating strong women. This program reminds us all  how far we’ve come. Discover what life was really like for New England's colonial women - because we've always been curious about: menstruation, sex & birth control, childbirth, sickness & medicine.  These strong women helped build our country, despite primitive and harsh conditions.

            Milford Library and the Milford Historical Society welcome Velya Jancz-Urban, who will delight us with her knowledge of everyday living in the colonial era.   This program will be held on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30pm, at Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave. in Milford.

            In 2011,  Jancz-Urban and her family bought a foreclosed farmhouse in Woodbury, Connecticut, unaware of what the house would reveal. Behind the walls, surprises and secrets waited to be exposed. This became the spark for the novel, Acquiescence. Moving into this 1770 farmhouse ignited her interest in the colonial era. While researching her novel, she became obsessed (in a good way) with colonial women. In Jancz-Urban’s entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife, even history buffs will learn a thing or two.

            The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife not only makes audience members laugh and grimace, but it also honors our foremothers. It’s not about quilting bees and spinning wheels - it’s an interactive presentation about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women.

            Ms. Jancz-Urban has traveled throughout the east coast presenting at libraries, historical societies, women’s groups, conferences, universities, book festivals, and women’s history month events. She regularly hosts book club gatherings at her 1770 Connecticut farmhouse, the primary setting of her novel. As the Grounded Goodwife, Velya and her daughter, Ehris, teach a variety of hands-on holistic workshops. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:30 PM

 Milford Public Library

57 New Haven Ave.

Milford, CT 06460 

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