RHODcast: Jun 10, 2021

Our Town – Bette Hunt

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Slowly, the idea of a series about essential New England is taking shape. And where better to continue the tales of Our Town that began with the no-longer-neglected painter JOJ Frost than by communing with the dead of Marblehead, Massachusetts?

I am reminded of the famous prologue to Act Three of Thornton Wilder’s great American play in which the dead take a fairly disinterested view of the activities of the living. They are “weaned away from the earth” says Wilder’s omniscient Stage Manager. I hope you will join me as I call upon the town’s emeritus historian, the irrepressible BETTE HUNT, to guide me through some of the town’s most famous stories through the looking glass of headstones (and footstones) on Old Burial Hill.

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