Mr. Leland Cole, long-time member of the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, will be presenting two lectures at the Main Library on November 15th. If you enjoyed the Quaker talk presented last month, this talk will extend your understanding of the Quaker influence in the early days of our country.
Lee will also discuss "Turmoil in the Ukraine" at 2:00 PM. The nation of Ukraine has experienced recent violent turbulence in a very stormy relationship with her Russian neighbor. Lee Cole, past President and current Board Member of the Center for Economic Initiatives and developer of a Marshall Plan prototype that has assisted many Ukrainian businesses, has first- hand knowledge of the current situation, and will provide a thorough overview along with historical background. This program is part of the Library's new "World Affairs" speaker series.
Who Was Anne Hutchinson?
Anne, a fiery red-head, was very thoroughly trained on the Bible by her father the Rev. Francis Marbury and became skilled on debating the subject. Her mother taught her how to be a mid-wife, a skill she would later use in America. When 21, Anne married Will Hutchinson, also from Alford, whose family ran a very successful woolen import/export business. Soon after, the government increased business taxes the couple decided to move to America. On the ship she taught sessions on the Bible to other passengers.
Anne and Will fled to Providence where they negotiated with the Indians and settled in Pocasset, now Portsmouth, thus becoming co-founders of Rhode Island. In the meantime, Winthrop continued to send ministers to meet with Anne and try to get her to recant her statements. She would not.
Submitted by Lee Cole