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Aug 12, 2017

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Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit

Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, U.S. Route 1, Wells, ME





Conversations with history

The Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit invites the public to a new program, Conversation with History. Author Ann M. Little will discuss her research and writing on her book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright. The capture of young Esther Wheelwright in a 1703 raid on Wells by French and Indian forces is a legendary event in the history of the region. On view in the Historical Society’s Meetinghouse Museum is a reproduction of the portrait of Esther Wheelwright, painted in oil on canvas by an unidentified artist circa 1763. The original hangs in the galleries of The Massachusetts Historical Society. This portrait depicts Esther Wheelwright who was born in Wells, Maine, and became an Ursuline nun in Quebec who went by the name Mère Marie-Joseph de l’Enfant-Jésus. Ann M. Little is a Professor in the History Department at Colorado State University. This early evening program will take place in the Meetinghouse Museum building in a beautiful light-filled space in the Gothic Revival style with original features from 1862, such as the pews and wood floors. Light refreshments will be offered in a pop up café from the Bistro at R&R Chocolates of Wells. $5.00 is the suggested donation. Those interested are asked to call or email to reserve a seat at / 207-646-4775.