Queen Lake Association

Meet Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

The Historical Society of Phillipston presents Meet Mrs. Mary Rowlandson on November 19th at 7 pm in the vestry of the Phillipston Congregational Church on the Common in Phillipston, MA. It is a one person show, researched, written and performed by Katie Green. Mary Rowlandson (1635-1711) was the wife of the first minister of Lancaster, Massachusetts. This will be an exciting and informative program about a highly relevant piece of little known American history. Katie Green’s theatrical presentation portraying Mrs. Rowlandson will tell about her capture by Indians during King Philip’s in 1676 and her experiences while she was held captive for 11 weeks. War She and her children were held captive by the Indians from February 10 until May 2, 1676. The portrayal discusses what led up to the war and the relations between early settlers and Native Americans. In 1682, Mrs. Rowlandson wrote a book that became an American classic telling about her ordeal and how her faith sustained her. Land grants in Phillipston were given to men who fought in the Indian wars so this will be insightful into our local history. Katie Green thoroughly researched Mary Rowlandson at the American Antiquarian Society and interviewed experts on the King Philip War. Also, she was coached by prominent actors and storytellers in preparing for this role, and has received national awards for her work. The Phillipston Cultural Council is funding this special program. Guests are welcome. High school history students will benefit from it. Light Refreshments will be served.