Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hannah Dustin: Hero or Villain?

Juanita Carey, author of Hannah's Revenge: the True Story of the Nightmarish Journey of Hannah Dustin, will speak at the library on Wednesday, February 29, at 7 pm.

Hannah Dustin was a 39 year old wife and mother of nine children when a band of Indians raided the town of Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1697. Along with her newborn daughter, Martha, her nurse, Mary Neff, and several other settlers, Hannah was forced to march north through New Hampshire, there to be traded to the French in Canada as a hostage. The story of Hannah's captivity and escape made her one of the most well-known Colonial women, something of a "rock star" of her time. Though statues of her have been erected in Haverhill and in Boscawen, NH, where she killed her captors and escaped, the details of her actions continue to be controversial to this day.

Hannah's story is revived every year when NH history is taught in the elementary schools. Juanita Carey, a former school librarian, has written Hannah's Revenge for that young audience. A limited number of copies will be available for sale at $8.00 each.This program is suitable for adults, teens, and children age 9 and up. Seating is limited and registration is recommended by going to our calendar, emailing, or calling 424-5021.

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