See Continental Army soldier Deborah Sampson on Aug. 28th

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You’ve probably never heard of Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson, but she was the first woman to fight in and be honorably discharged from the American military.

Her fascinating story will be told at a program jointly sponsored by the GB Historical Society, the Bidwell House Museum, and the Claire Teague Senior Center on Wednesday August 28th at 7 pm at the Center, 917 South Main Street (Route 7). Judith Kalaora, founder of “History at Play,” will role-play as Deborah in Continental Army uniform. Her immersive program has captivated numerous audiences.

An indentured servant by the age of five, Deborah grew up in a man’s world where women were nothing but second-class citizens. As a self-educated, master-less woman, she felt she was chosen for a higher calling. So, determined to serve, in the final years of the American Revolution Deborah bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the 4th Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army as “Robert Shurtlieff.”

A performer who has drawn national acclaim for her compelling storytelling and reenactment,Judith will immerse the audience with her living history program.

The event is free and open to the public. Please call 413-591-8702 or email us at for more information.

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