Maine Women: Finding Our Strength

A 2022 Maine-centric book discussion series exploring how women navigate extraordinary challenges.

Join educators Pat Olsen and Alison Beedy for a series of book discussions called “Maine Women: Finding Our Strength.”

We’ll discuss how we meet personal and societal challenges while reading books about women who have navigated difficulties in a variety of settings and eras.

A series of three facilitated discussions over a month will be held for each book. Participants can register for one or more of the six books, and will receive copies of the book upon registration.

These discussions will be held in-person at WHRL’s office in Milbridge, but may be adapted to a virtual format as needed. The groups will be small, with no more than ten people. Every participant must be fully vaccinated (including a booster shot) and are encouraged to wear a mask during the discussion.

The book groups are free and open to all, although registration is required. Space is limited!

2022 Book Series

  • Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story by Erin French
  • When You Find My Body by D. Dauphinee
  • Home Now by Cynthia Anderson
  • A Midwive’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard by Laura Thatcher Ulrich
  • Spoonhandle by Ruth Moore
  • Women of the Dawn by Bunny McBride
Funding for this book discussion series has been provided by The Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Women of the Dawn

by Bunny McBride

October 12th, 19th, and 26th | 6:00 – 7:30pm

Women of the Dawn tells the stories of four remarkable Wabanaki Indian women who lived in northeast America during the four centuries that devastated their traditional world. Their courageous responses to tragedies brought on by European contact make up the heart of the book.

Facilitated by Alison Beedy.

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