The Denison Homestead

300 Years of Mystic, CT History

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2014 Speaker Series at the Denison Homestead


Jennifer Emerson – May 20, 2014 – 7:00pm


CAPE HORN WIDOWSCape Horn Widows: Whaling Wives Holding Down the Home Front

Whaling voyages were long and sometime lasting 2-5 years! We know what their husbands did, but how did the women spend their time back home?  Join Jennifer Emerson as she discusses the trials and the joys of being a Cape Horn Widow.  Presentation is open to the public.  Seating is limited, reservations suggested. $5.00 Suggested Donation.

Jennifer M. Emerson, M.F.A. Creative Writing ~ Writer, Actress, Speaker, Historian

Born and raised in Groton, Jennifer has over eleven years of experience in Historic Interpretation.  A life-long devotee of Charles Dickens, she is a member of the London and Connecticut branches of the Dickens Fellowship, and the Friends of Dickens New York.  On February 7th, 2012, she attended the wreath laying ceremony commemorating Dickens’s 200th birthday at his grave at Westminster Abbey.  This summer marked her fifth trip to London, during which time she was welcomed as a Volunteer Interpreter at The Charles Dickens House Museum. 

A Living History playwright and performer, her work has been seen at venues such as Mystic Seaport, the Shaw Mansion and Fort Griswold.  She also makes frequent appearances at the Denison Homestead and the Smith-Harris House. In early December 2012, she performed at the 17th Annual Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson, Long Island. 

Jennifer holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Fairfield University.  Her first novel, Dickens and the Whore, a work of historic fiction concerning Charles Dickens’s involvement in prostitution reform, will debut in February 2014.  She enjoys the challenge and excitement of bringing history and literature alive for a modern audience in fun, fresh and believable ways.

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