Discover what life was really like
for New England’s colonial women.

It’s not about quilting bees
and spinning wheels…

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Velya Jancz-Urban, the “Colonial Goodwife”

Perhaps women and girls need to be reminded of how far we’ve come in order to see how far we still can go.

Discover what life was really like for New England’s colonial women – because we’ve always been curious about: menstruation, sex & birth control, childbirth, sickness & medicine.

In an era when underwear hadn’t been invented, what did women do when they had their periods?

What were early American birth control methods?

It was suggested that women try jumping backwards seven times after intercourse to expel sperm, drink water that blacksmiths used to cool metals, or insert a mixture of dried crocodile dung and honey into the vagina.

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1770 vaginal speculum (photo credit: collectmedicalantiquities.com)

 

The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial

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Springfield Museum

Goodwife not only makes audience members laugh and grimace, but it also honors our foremothers. It’s not about quilting bees and spinning wheels – it’s an interactive presentation about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women.

Moving into a 1770 Connecticut farmhouse ignited Velya’s interest in the colonial era. While researching her novel, Acquiescence, she became obsessed (in a good way) with everyday colonial women.

Even history buffs will learn a thing or two during this interactively-amusing presentation.

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