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February 15, 2020
2:00 PM
STCC, Scibelli Hall (Building 2), cafe room 112
One Armory Square
Springfield, MA 01105
Admission is free.
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Sweethearts at Sea: Love and Marriage in the Age of Sail

Saturday, February 15, 2020

During the 19th Century, when Yankee whale oil lit the world, men from more than 30 New England communities sailed the seven seas in the pursuit of whales, leaving their families behind for up to 5 years at a time. Meanwhile, new philosophies encouraging love match marriages became popular in New England society. In the 1840's, a small group of married couples defied social and industrial tradition by going to sea together about whaleships. This presentation will focus on one of these remarkable couples - Captain John and Elizabeth Marble of Fall River, MA, using the letters and journals they left behind to tell a story of love, life, and loss at sea.