Captain Ahab had a Wife:
New England Women and the Whalefishery
Seminar with Author and Historian
Dr. Lisa Norling
Saturday, 14 March 2020
Registration & Breakfast at 10:30 AM
Seminar at 11 AM
Casual Lunch to Follow
Organized by the National Maritime Historical Society (U.S.)
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY
Whaling was a thriving industry in America from the late 1700s to the mid-1800s. Hundreds of men went to sea for months or years working in this brutal and often fatal industry. Little has been written on the women who stayed behind and how they maintained family life while their husbands were away.
Join us as Dr. Lisa Norling, author-historian and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, uses poignant firsthand accounts from a variety of sources, including women’s and men’s letters and diaries, shipowners’ records, church records, newspapers and magazines, censuses and city directories, to examine life for these ‘sea-wives’ in the age of whaling. Book signing will follow.
The Public is invited. Please register online here, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact NMHS at 914-737-7878, ext. 0 if you plan to attend. A $10 donation is appreciated and makes these seminars possible – thank you! After the lecture, NMHS will host a casual lunch at the library—$10 per person. Pre-registration for lunch is required and appreciated!