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“Our Paradise at Concord”: How Hawthorne Found Happiness

October 03, 2019 7:00 PM — 8:00 PM


Nathaniel Hawthorne cherished his years at the Old Manse, where he and his wife Sophia lived from 1842 to 1845. How did the moody Salemite find happiness in Concord? Surveying Hawthorne’s private life and published fiction, historian John Frederick Bell will explain how Hawthorne’s adopted home shaped his worldview.

John Frederick Bell is an interdisciplinary historian at Assumption College specializing in race, religion, and social reform and the history of education. His current research examines the politics of racial pluralism within Civil War-era interracial colleges, asking why these social experiments failed to curb prejudice. His work has appeared in Education’s Histories, Journal of the Civil War Era, History of Education Quarterly, and (forthcoming) Journal of the Early Republic. His teaching interests include undergraduate writing and research methods, education studies, and historical and contemporary social issues.

$5 Member | $10 Non-Member. This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund and grants from the Concord Cultural Council, the Lexington Council for the Arts, and the Lincoln Cultural Council –  local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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October 3, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Concord Museum
53 Cambridge Turnpike
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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