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Old Sturbridge Village Announces 1st Speaker Series Program of 2016

Friday, March 04, 2016


Old Sturbridge Village will host the first program of its 2016 Speaker Series on Thursday, March 31. The program, titled "The History Girls" will feature 4 authors including Theresa Mitchell Barbo, Sally Cabot Gunning, Nancy Rubin Stuart and Deborah Swiss. 

The program will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception and the panel will begin at 7 p.m.

Those attending the program will here the guests talk about some of the following topics: 

  • The top 5 most effective ways to break writer's block and unleash creative thinking
  • Tips on conducting historical and genealogical research, and gaining access to materials not generally available to the public
  • How to conduct interviews with eyewitnesses to the past, and set them at ease when probing difficult topics
  • Ideas on getting your writing published, and how to work with publishers
  • The best ways to uncover new topics, and how to screen them for success
  • The future of the past: Will history/historical fiction continue to be popular? What stories are yet to be told?  

The Authors: 

Theresa Mitchell Barbo is an award-winning journalist and author of nine books in historical non-fiction specializing in 19th and 20th century maritime and cultural history. She is also a noted lecturer before audiences in academic and military circles throughout New England.

Sally Cabot Gunning is the author of four critically acclaimed historical novels: The Widow's War, Bound, The  Rebellion of Jane Clarke, andBenjamin Franklin's Bastard. Her latest novel, Monticello -- The Story of a Daughter and her Father, will be released in September 2016.

Nancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author of seven books about women and social history. Her journalistic work has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, The New England Quarterly and other  national publications.

Deborah Swiss is the award-winning author of The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women and three other non-fiction books.The Tin Ticket, published in 2010, tells the true story of the women who were forced into slavery after being exiled from the British Isles to Australia in the early 19th century.

Old Sturbridge Village 

Old Sturbridge Village, first opened to the public in 1946, is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. It is the largest living history museum in the Northeast.

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