Experience a living history performance as Judith Kalaora, founder and artistic director of History At Play, portrays Deborah Sampson, the first woman to enlist, to fight and to be honorably discharged from the American Military. The performance takes place at the Loring-Greenough House on November 14, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Sampson disguised herself as a man, binding her chest and tying her hair back to enlist in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army under the alias Robert Shurtleff. During combat, she took two musket balls to her thigh and a cut to her head. She begged her fellow soldiers to let her die and not to take her to the hospital, but a soldier put her on his horse and brought her to safety. The doctors treated her head wound, but she left the hospital before they could attend to her other wounds. Fearful that her identity would be discovered, she removed one of the balls herself with a penknife and sewing needle; the other musket ball was too deep for her to reach and her leg never fully healed.
Kalaora recounts Sampson’s arduous upbringing, one and a half years of active combat, and success as our first female professional soldier. Deborah’s passion will take you back in time!
$10 General Admission / Free for Loring Greenough House members
This event is part of our Tuesdays in the Parlor Series – a collection events taking place on Tuesday evenings in the winter. The Series features lectures, films and special performances and is inspired by the Ladies Club that saved the Loring Greenough House in 1924 – The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club! See our full series schedule here.