Conflict and Change: New England Town Life in the Early 19th Century is the topic of the Littleton Historical Society’s meeting on March 19 at 7:30 PM to be held at the First Church Unitarian on Foster Street. We sometimes romanticize New England towns in the first decades of the 19th century as peaceful bucolic havens – they were not. In this talk, public historian, independent scholar, and Littleton resident Mary Babson Fuhrer will discuss the remarkable stories of conflict and transformation that reshaped local communities in the decades leading up to the Civil War. Towns, such as Littleton embraced new religious sects, political parties, reform activities, and civic improvement efforts that challenged tradition and brought both energy and strife to long-settled communities. The diaries, letters, and account books she draws on form the basis of her recent book, Crisis of Community: Trials and Transformation of a New England Town, 1815-1848.
Please note change from usual location: the meeting will be held at the First Church Unitarian at 19 Foster Street in the downstairs room. Refreshments will be served. Bid farewell to Winter and get ready to welcome Spring.