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Bronx Historian to Give Talk on Anne Hutchinson May 12

May 9, 2011

Bronx historian and Lehman Adjunct Professor Lloyd Ultan will deliver a talk on Anne Hutchinson on Thursday, May 12, at 1 p.m. in the Lehman College Art Gallery's Rotunda. The talk—titled "Anne Hutchinson in the Bronx: Who was She?"—is part of "The Anne Hutchinson Year," a celebration of America's first feminist and historical icon. Admission is free and open to the campus community.

Born in 1591 in Elizabethan England, Hutchinson along with her husband, William, and their children moved to Boston, Mass. in 1634. There, she put her skills as a midwife and herbalist to use, caring for both the sick and childbearing women. She held meeting groups in her home where the discussion often focused on excessive business practices and religious intolerance. Her views were seen as a threat to the establishment, however, and she was soon called out as a heretic, which forced her and her family into exile in the colony of Rhode Island, where they founded a settlement in present-day Portsmouth.

After her husband's death in 1642, Hutchinson and her family moved to the northeast corner of present-day Bronx. The area was rife with retaliatory attacks by the local Siwanoys Indians against Dutch settlers over conflicting land claims. Hutchinson and her family were killed, save for one daughter, during one of these attacks.

This event is sponsored by the Bronx County Historical Society and is just one of several events taking place throughout the Bronx in the month of May. For more information, call 718-885-3423.