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Christine Hadsel - Suspended Worlds: An Illustrated History of New England Theater Scenery

Christine Hadsel will be at the NH Historical Society Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 pm for an author talk and book signing on Suspended Worlds.

The hardcover book as a unique look at an overlooked element of the American fabric—the ambitious murals that have served as the backdrops for decades of Yankee entertainment.

In small-town New England, long before television and the internet, the prevailing custom was to provide your own entertainment, often in the form of a performance at the local grange or Town Hall. Since there wasn't much money for costumes or props, the plays relied on all purpose scenic backdrops-painted canvases of local scenes and interest. And they were glorious. Many of these minor masterpieces of vernacular art still survive and are presented in all their glory in this richly illustrated book celebrating the colorful and memorable painted curtains that graced the stages of countless New England towns.

The talk is free, and books will be available for sale and signing by the author!

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