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A Boston Harbor Islands Adventure: The Great Brewster Journal of 1891

January 8 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

A talk by author Stephanie Schorow In 1891, four intrepid women from Lowell sailed to a remote island in Boston Harbor for a 17-day escape from New England’s prim and proper society. Calling themselves the Scribe, the Aristocrat, the Acrobat, and the Autocrat, the women rusticated in a cottage on Great Brewster Island, reveling in the chance to shed their identities of wife, mother, and daughter. Relive their sojourn through their remarkable journal, filled with observations, illustrations, photographs, and poetry. The Great Brewster Journal project was conceived and coordinated by Stephanie Schorow, and the journal was reproduced by the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands. Support for the project came from the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands (FBHI) under the direction of Suzanne Gall Marsh, founder of FBHI, a current FBHI board member and a former National Park ranger for the Boston Harbor Islands. Reporter, editor, author and freelance writer, Stephanie Schorow has been having her way with words since she first realized how verbs and nouns can work together. A native of Chicago, she realized she had come home when she moved to Boston in 1989. After stints as a journalist at the Boston Herald, the Associated Press and newspapers large and small, she turned to nonfiction narratives. She has written or co-written six other books on Boston’s history: Boston On Fire: A History of Fire and Firefighting in Boston; The Crime of the Century: How the Brink’s Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston; The Cocoanut Grove Fire; East of Boston: Notes from the Harbor Islands; The Boston Mob Guide: Hitmen, Hoodlums and Hangouts (with Beverly Ford); and Drinking Boston: A History of the City and its Spirits. will be published in October of 2012. She continues to work as a freelance writer to support herself, her two cats, and her newly acquired addiction to craft cocktails. A clay artist, she also sells her pottery through the Mudflat Gallery in Cambridge. She continues to write for the Boston Globe and other publications. She continues to try to improve her wicked smahdt Boston accent. This talk is free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served. We thank our Program Sponsor, North Hill, for their kind support of our Program Calendar.


January 8
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Needham History Center & Museum
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