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The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife

February 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Binge-watch Vikings, Turn or Frontier and you’ll see people being disemboweled, tortured, and decapitated — but you won’t see anything about menstruation, chamber pots, birth control, breastfeeding, or poopy babies. It’s 2019! Even though Google cars have been invented and women won the vote almost 100 years ago, these “unsanitary” subjects still make people uncomfortable.

On any given day, more than 800 million worldwide are having a period — so why did it take until 1969, the same year Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, to invent the adhesive strip on sanitary pads?

Perhaps women need to be reminded of how far we’ve come in order to see how far we still can go. “Herstory Unsanitized” explores the engrossing ‘taboo’ subjects that are omitted from history. These presentations aren’t about spinning wheels, quilting bees, bustles or butlers. Laugh, grimace, and honor our foremothers’ journeys while learning about the little-known issue faced by women of New England’s colonial era and America’s Gilded Age.


This unique presentation is offered by EHRIS URBAN (herbalist, daughter) and VELYA JANCZ-Urban (historian, mother) who believe healing comes from nature, history, and within. The duo offer unique holistic/historic workshops, presentations, and events at a variety of venues, as well as at their colonial home. From its “dawn of America” history, dairy farm families, and documented paranormal activity, the 1770 Grounded Goodwife Farmhouse is filled with the stories of the women, men, and children who have called it home.


February 21, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Lamb Room
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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