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Dissent among the Puritans

The year is 1637. Ann Vassall, wife of William Vassall of Essex, England, one of the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Company, welcomes you to your new home in the Bay. Her words of advice and narration of events going on in town might make you wish you had stayed in England or looked toward New Hampshire or Connecticut as a place of settlement. Living historian Linda Palmer follows up her portrayal of Ann Vassall with a colorful slide presentations which shatters some of our commonly-held stereotypes about the Puritans and chronicles the dissent of her husband, who was despised by minister and magistrate alike for his liberal ideas about civil liberty and religion.

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Palmer, Linda
Hudson, MA
Home Phone: 617-407-2805


Linda Palmer earned her MA in Teaching at Indiana University. Her fascination with the early settlers of New England resulted in a walking tour of 17th century Boston called Where Did the Puritans Go? She has performed her Ann Vassall monologue at many Massachusetts and Connecticut venues.
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