MASSACRE ON THE MERRIMACK: Join us on Thursday, February 11th, from 6:30-8:00pm and hear author Jay Atkinson talk about his latest book ‘Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston's Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America.’
Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki raided the English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Striking swiftly, the Abenaki killed twenty-seven men, women, and children, and took thirteen captives, including Hannah Duston and her week-old daughter, Martha. A short distance from the village, one of the warriors murdered the squalling infant by dashing her head against a tree. After a forced march of nearly one hundred miles, Duston and two companions were transferred to a smaller band of Abenaki, who camped on a tiny island located at the junction of the Merrimack and Contoocook Rivers, several miles north of present day Concord, New Hampshire. The Abenaki intended to make the captives run the gauntlet at their village in Quebec, after which they would be sold as slaves.
This was the height of King William’s War, both a war of terror and a religious contest, with English Protestantism vying for control of the New World with French Catholicism. The fact that the two religions could not have worshipped a more similar God is an ironic footnote to the carnage that would ensue.
After witnessing her infant’s murder, Duston resolved to get even. Two weeks into their captivity, Duston and her companions, a fifty-one-year-old woman and a twelve-year-old boy, moved among the sleeping Abenaki with tomahawks and knives, killing two men, two women, and six children. After returning to the bloody scene alone to scalp their victims, Duston and the others escaped down the Merrimack River in a stolen canoe. They braved treacherous waters and the constant threat of attack and recapture, returning to tell their story and collect a bounty for the scalps.
Was Hannah Duston the prototypical feminist avenger, or the harbinger of the Native American genocide? In this exquisitely researched and riveting narrative, bestselling author Jay Atkinson sheds new light on the early struggle for North America.
KNITWITS (TUESDAYS @10:30): Start the New Year right and do those things you’ve always been meaning to try. How about picking up some of those tossed aside knitting projects or learning how? Whether you are a beginner or an experienced knitter, come join the fun as we learn together. Please bring your own supplies. This is an informal gathering to finish those unfinished projects or perhaps get some ideas for beginning some new ones. We’ll cozy up in the Atkinson Room of the library, share some laughs, drop a stitch or two, and make some new friends. All experience levels and ages welcome. This is not a class, but we have enough experienced knitters who will guide you and get you started. Don’t delay—come on in!
ADULT COLORING & PAINTING (THURSDAYS @10:30): If you think coloring for adults is all the rage, you are right. This current form of recreation is not only fun but also healthy for you. Research outcomes of those who color or participate in some form of visual arts are numerous. Some common therapeutic outcomes associated with adult coloring are: stress reduction, enhanced relaxation and increased concentration. The popularity of adult coloring is also due to the fact that it provides a creative outlet for all regardless of one’s artistic abilities and experience.
Kimball Library will be starting an adult coloring and painting session on Thursdays, from 10:30 – 12:30 starting January 7th. It will be a time set aside for those who wish to work on painting (must bring your own paint and supplies) or coloring. There will be limited coloring books and supplies on hand for class participants or individuals may bring their own books, color pencils or gel pens. Please join us and devote some time to unwind.
Registration is required. This is for ages 18 and up.
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