Originally published in Castine Patriot, January 24, 2013
Castine Witherle Memorial offers “Let’s Talk About It”
Castine’s Witherle Memorial Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer “Let’s Talk About It,” a free reading and discussion group with copies of books available through the library.
This program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library, according to a news release. The series theme is “Yankees & Strangers: the New England Town from 1636 to 1992.” It begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, at the library and continues for five bi-weekly Tuesday sessions, through April 2nd.
Books to be read and discussed in this series include: A New England Town: The First Hundred Years by Kenneth Lockridge, A New England Girlhood by Lucy Larcom, Amoskaeg: Life and Work In a New England Factory City by Tamara Hareven, Happy Times in Mill City by Alan Sullivan and Without a Farmhouse Near by Deborah Rawson. The central theme of the series is an examination of the New England town in popular myth and reality. What role did immigration and urbanization play in the idealization of the New American Town? Are traditional town values a vital reality today, or only a nostalgic image? Slides, the readings and discussion provide a focus for the exploration of these questions.