Penelope Pelham Winslow was one of the most powerful women in Plymouth Colony’s history. A member of the English gentry (her third-great-grandmother was Anne Boleyn’s sister Mary), she was married to King Philip’s War-era Governor Josiah Winslow. Like most of her female contemporaries, however, she has largely been forgotten.

Historian and author Michelle Marchetti Coughlin recovers the story of Winslow’s eventful life tracking fragmentary records and surviving physical evidence and offers fresh insight into the experiences of women in early New England.

Reservations are recommended (see below).  Payment will also be aceepted at the door.

Tickets for this event are:

  • $10.00 per person for Society members
  • $15.00 per person for non-members

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Michelle Marchetti Coughlin is a historian whose research has focused on recovering information about early American women, who continue to be underrepresented in the telling of America’s story. She is the author of One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit, a biography of an early female diarist, and Penelope Winslow, Plymouth Colony First Lady: Re-Imagining a Life. She has served as a Mass Humanities Scholar in Residence, a guest curator for Pilgrim Hall Museum’s recent exhibit on Plymouth women, and a consultant working with historic sites seeking to integrate women’s history into their interpretation. She has lectured widely on her work, and as a board member of the Abigail Adams Birthplace has created a range of programming focused on women’s history and African-American history.