A Literary Lunchtime event - Put It Down on Paper: The Words and Life of Mary Folsom Blair

cover art for Put It Down On Paper, by Phil PhilmackThursday, September 8th, 2022, 12pm/noon

Gibson's is continuing our Literary Lunchtime brown-bag lunch author event, with Phil Primack presenting his exploration into the life of an Epping, NH woman from the 19th century, in Put It Down on Paper: The Words and Life of Mary Folsom Blair, a Fifty-Year Search.

Mary E. Folsom Blair was just a name on a listing sheet when young writer Phil Primack bought her Epping, New Hampshire, property in 1974. As he learned more about this lifelong teacher, Quaker, and early advocate for outdoor education, his reporter bones began to twitch. Over decades, Primack talked to her former students and relatives, tracking down Mary's most accurate life record: letters and journals dating 1897, when she was fifteen. Her sharp mind and creative soul grapple with the social restraints of her time and "the pain this world holds for a woman." Mary pens her hopes and bares her despair as young chums die, her classroom ways are challenged, relationships with men and women end until--resigned to her fate as "spinster that was, is and ever shall be"--she meets her Hero on ice. With her collected papers preserved at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Mary Folsom Blair will teach in a digital forever.

Bring a sack lunch, or show up early to order a sandwich or salad bowl from the Gibson's Cafe, to eat while you listen.

Masks are strongly encouraged (when you're not eating) but no longer required for vaccinated attendees. We can’t predict the future course of the pandemic, so Gibson’s reserves the right to institute masking and/or vaccination rules for this event as circumstances dictate.  

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Event date: 
Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 12:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
'Put It Down on Paper': The Words and Life of Mary Folsom Blair, a Fifty-Year Search By Phil Primack Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780931507267
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Loom Press - August 15th, 2022

Mary E. Folsom Blair was just a name on a listing sheet when young writer Phil Primack bought her Epping, New Hampshire, property in 1974. As he learned more about this lifelong teacher, Quaker, and early advocate for outdoor education, his reporter bones began to twitch.


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