NEWPORT, NH–Newport Historical Society & the New Hampshire Council for the Humanities, present “A Soldier’s Mother Tells Her Story,” on Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Richards Free Library Ballroom, 58 N. Main Street, Newport, NH. This program is free and open to the public, in a handicapped accessible facility. Light refreshments will be served.
Sharon Wood of Claremont is a professional storyteller specializing in world folklore and American history. In “A Soldier’s Mother Tells Her Story”, she will portray Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, NH, who died heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg. Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Mrs. Phelps will tell stories of New Hampshire soldiers who fought in the war and their families who waited for them to return. Wood has presented this program throughout the state since 2004 and has developed it to include the experiences of Union soldiers from many New Hampshire towns and cities. Stories of some Newport soldiers will be included in this program.
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