History book Festival

History book Festival
Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The History Book Festival is a first-of-its kind way to hear more than 20 best-selling authors of current non-fiction and fiction about history. We select writers and subjects to appeal to history buffs and readers ranging from the most serious to the more casual. Their presentations are introduced by emcees who will share insights and facilitate audience questions.

The History Book Festival is presented by Delaware Humanities and The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices I Gallo Realty. We appreciate their generous support of the festival.

Doomed Romance - Christine Leigh Heyrman
In 1825, Martha Parker, a gifted, ambitious young woman from New England who aspired to become an educator and a foreign missionary, accepted a marriage proposal from schoolmaster Thomas Tenney. But several weeks later, she rejected Tenney in favor of rival suitor Elnathan Gridley, a clergyman headed for the mission field. Tenney’s male friends retaliated by sending an anonymous letter to the head of the foreign missions board impugning Parker’s character, and Tenney himself threatened to reveal more about their relationship, ruining her future prospects as a missionary. The scandal provoked a resistance within evangelical ranks over womanhood, manhood, and, surprisingly, homosexuality, that ultimately threatened to destroy the foreign missions enterprise.

Christine Leigh Heyrman is the Robert W. and Shirley P. Grimble Professor of American History at the University of Delaware. Her other books include Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt, which won the Bancroft Prize, and American Apostles: When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam, which won the Francis Parkman Prize

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