Historical society to hold program on Harriet Tubman

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FREEDOM — Freedom Historical Society, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Humanities Council, will present  Tubman’s Civil War history at Freedom Town Hall on Elm Street in Freedom Village at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 19.

Tubman’s work on the Underground Railroad during the 1800s is well known, but Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti and Woventails Productions will present “the rest of the story.” Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti presents a living history portrait titled, “I Can’t Die But Once – Harriet Tubman.”

Quezaire-Presutti’s characterization of Tubman is a lucid, well-researched biography about the remarkable life of an enduring warrior. In the persona of Harriet Tubman, she weaves a tale of truth, pain, courage and determination in the quagmire of racial exploitation.

The United States government enlisted Tubman as a scout and spy for the Union cause, and she battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War, but Tubman is best known for her role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Though she is one of the most famous women in our nation’s history, most people know her life through fictionalized biographies written for school children. Quezaire-Presutti separates reality from myth to reconstruct a richer and far more accurate historical account of Tubman’s life.

Quezaire-Presutti has combined her expertise in public speaking and interest in conducting historical research with her passion for storytelling and dramatic performance. She studied under Professor Lloyd Barbee at the University of Wisconsin and has been a committed scholar of African-American Studies, in particular women of color. She is listed on the performing artist roster at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and the Social Theatre with Young Audiences of Connecticut Arts for Learning. She received the Institute of Texan Cultures’ Director’s Award for Excellence, the Greater Hartford Arts Council/Boston Fund Individual Artist Fellowship and first place in the International Toastmaster Award competition for interpretive reading. Learn more at tinyurl.com/ya2tm3dg.

Please join Freedom Historical Society members for this dynamic presentation at 7 p.m. on July 19 at Freedom Town Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation. For additional information call (603) 539-5799.