Second posting: The Martha Ballard Diary

Martha will give us an unparalleled vision of Early America. Her diary of almost 10,000 entries spans from January 1, 1785 to May 12, 1812 (27 years). Her themes include: the Purrinton Murders; Premarital Pregnancy; Scarlet Fever Epidemic; Martha Ballard and Money; Courtship and Marriage; Dissection; Textile Production.


Come meet Martha – a New England girl from Oxford, Massachussets who became a midwife, and whose story inspired the PBS movie ‘A Midwife’s Tale’.

On a separate issue, I read that New Zealand has a contender for the Wright Brothers regarding the first powered flight – check here the little known story of Richard Pearse (1877-1953).


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