Event A Revolution of Her Own: Deborah Sampson (1762-1827)

April 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

"A Revolution of Her Own" features the life of the first woman to fight in the American Military, Deborah Sampson.

Deborah Samson [Sampson] was the first woman to enlist, to fight, and to be honorably discharged from the American Military. An indentured servant by age five, Deborah grew up in a man's world, where women were naught but second-class citizens. Without the ability to vote or to own property, Deborah knew her options were limited, and that breaking the rules might be necessary to accomplish a greater goal in life.

As a self-educated woman, Deborah was the only schoolmarm in Middleborough, Massachusetts. While working in the local tavern, she heard news of the rebellion and felt a higher calling. After ten years working as a farm hand, Deborah was strong and possessed the physical capabilities of her male counterparts. On May 23, 1782, wearing an old soldier's uniform, Deborah bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army, under the alias "Robert Shurtlieff."

Experience Deborah Sampson's arduous upbringing, one and a half years of active combat, and success as the first female professional soldier, through interactive stories and authentic colonial attire. Deborah's passion will take you back in time!

"A Revolution of Her Own" is a production of History at Play™ with Judith Kalaora playing the role of Deborah Sampson. Judith is a professional educator, actress, and living historian. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Syracuse University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Culture. She attended the Globe Education Program of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England. Judith founded History At Play™ in 2010 to provide educational entertainment, chronicling the lives of influential and often forgotten women. Judith researches, writes, produces, and performs.

Suitable for all ages.

This program is sponsored by a grant from the Newburyport Cultural Council and the Friends of the Library.

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