PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Historical Society will host a talk on Portsmouth’s “Founding Mother,” Anne Hutchinson, in the society’s upstairs meeting room this month.
The lecture will be held Tuesday, July 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is free but those interested should note that the upstairs meeting room at the society is not ADA accessible.
Noted local historian Fred Zilian will present a lecture entitled “Anne Hutchinson: Founding Mother of Religious Freedom in America.”
He will be accompanied by Ann Gallagher, his former student and now a faculty member at Portsmouth Abbey School, who will speak the words of Anne Hutchinson during the lecture.
More than just one of the founders of Portsmouth, Anne Hutchinson was probably the first British-American female defendant in the New World. Because of her strong devotion to her religious beliefs, she endured first a trial by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony, which ended in her banishment and then a church trial which ended in her excommunication.