Hidden History: Quakers and Puritans in 17th Century NH

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library for Hidden History: Quakers and Puritans in 17th Century New Hampshire presented by retired librarian Olga Morrill on Sunday evening August 12th at 7 pm.

Vagabond Quakers

Plymouth Rock and the Puritan landing in 1620 figure prominently in American history, but the century and a half between that event and the American Revolution of 1775 have been largely glossed over by our educational system. Few people are aware of the shocking events that occurred in 17th Century New England.

Olga Morrill will explore what colonial life was like for the first generation of American-born settlers. She will discuss how the Puritans governed, and why they react so violently to the Religious Society of Friends. By the end of her talk, we will find out who were the original proponents of religious toleration and equality on American soil.

Olga Morrill is a retired librarian who spent 4 ½ years researching the history of northern New England from 1623 – 1663 for her recently published book Vagabond Quakers: Northern Colonies; copies of which will be available for purchase. Although the book is historical fiction, it is based on actual occurrences involving real people and tells of the remarkable brutality inflicted on missionaries for the Society of Friends and their supporters by the Puritan authorities of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

For more details, visit Vagabond Quakers. This lecture is free and open to the public, although a $5.00 donation is welcome to offset presenter expenses. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731.