Thursday December 12, 6-7PM at Brooks Memorial Library

224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301


Mid-19th century Brattleboro resident Clarina Howard Nichols was no stranger to controversy. She was one of the first female newspaper editors in the nation, and as a lobbyist and public speaker she contributed to all three of the major reform movements of her time: temperance, abolition, and women’s rights. At the Brattleboro Words Project’s last Roundtable Discussion of 2019, Community Researchers Rolf Parker, Nancy Olson, and Dan DeWalt will discuss the life and times of Clarina Howard Nichols on Thursday December 12, 6:00PM at Brooks Memorial Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Explaining her fervor for justice to the readers of her Brattleboro newspaper, the Windham County Democrat, Clarina wrote in March of 1853, “And did you think that Mrs. Nichols ‘meddles with politics’ because she finds their details congenial with her tastes, or for any reason but that politics meddle with the happiness of home and its most sacred relations, with woman and all that is dearest to the affections and hopes of a true woman!” The strength of Clarina words, from her polemics to her poetry, was enough to move masses and sign reform oppressive laws of the time.

The Brattleboro Words Project is a multi-year collaboration of Marlboro College, Brattleboro Historical Society, Brattleboro Literary Festival, Write Action and Brooks Memorial Library backed by a National Endowment for the Humanities matching grant with support from The Windham Foundation, Edward Jones, Brattleboro Savings & Loan and other local businesses and individuals. The Project seeks public participation in research, writing and creating the ‘Brattleboro Words Trail’, audio linked to sites of interest in the history of words for walking, biking and driving tours of our area, a book on Brattleboro’s printing and publishing history, historic markers and other events presented as part of the October Brattleboro Literary Festival and throughout the year.

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