Lowell Lecture

Ravishing Affection: Myths and Realities about Puritans and Sex

Date & Time

Oct. 26, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street Boston, MA 02108
Driving Directions

Presenting Organization

Old South Meeting House



Co-Presented by Partnership of Historic Bostons; Co-Sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society

The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus lists “prudish,” “straightlaced,” and “puritanical” as synonyms. But historical records challenge the stereotype of Puritans’ repressive views and behaviors. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear Francis J. Bremer, author of sixteen books about the Puritans and Puritanism in the Atlantic world, as he dispels a popular myth—demonstrating that in fact, Puritans openly discussed sexuality and freely expressed passionate longings toward their loved ones. This program is made possible with funding from the Lowell Institute. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, registration requested at http://osmhoct26-16.bpt.me

Join us at 5:45 PM for a Community Open House, “Get Cozy at the Meeting House” Explore the museum, enjoy light refreshments, and learn with artifacts and interactive activities how colonists kept warm in the winter months.