Old Manse Program on Sunday, Jan 17th

Songs of the Abolitionists

Anti-Slavery Programs at Concord’s Old Manse

On Sunday, January 17, at 2 pm, visit The Old Manse and experience the inspiring music of the 19th century anti-slavery movement. From the 1830s through the Civil War, rousing Anthems, Marches, Hymns of justice, and plaintive Ballads were all employed in the effort to gain emancipation for the slaves.

Come “Help the chorus on!” as Deborah Anne Goss shares a tuneful and varied selection of “’Songs of the Abolitionists”’ in the guise of fictitious, but fact-based, abolitionist Deborah White. Miss White sheds the restrictions of early 19th century Boston to sing alone in public and tell her 21st century audiences about the importance of music and verse to the anti-slavery movement.

The program includes 19th century refreshments, including the famous “Brooks Cake” often served at Anti-Slavery Society meetings by Concordian Mary Merrick Brooks, a leader of the local abolitionist movement.

Deborah Anne Goss is originally from Vermont and has a BFA in Acting from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Theatre Division. Historical projects have been a favorite part of her career. As one half of the a cappella duo “The Proper Ladies” with Anabel Graetz, she has toured both coasts and performed throughout New England with their arrangements of popular songs of 19th Century America, highlighting the culture, social movements and personalities of the nation’s past. She has studied and taught classical, jazz and pop vocal technique as well as performing in both dramatic and musical roles.

Reservations are suggested. Adults $12, TTOR members $10. For more details and reservations, contact The Old Manse at 978.369.3909 or email us at oldmanseassistant@ttor.org.

Also on Sunday, January 17, at 1 and 3 pm, a special anti-slavery themed tour of The Old Manse will explore the movement in Concord through the involvement of The Manse residents—one of Concord’s most influential families. While enjoying this historic and fascinating home, learn how Concord transcendentalists influenced the antislavery fight for freedom, why Concordians were divided over John Brown and his activities to free the slaves, and what famous abolitionists visited the Old Manse.

Tour admission is $8 or free with paid admission to “Songs of the Abolitionists.” Reservations suggested.

A property of The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR), The Old Manse is located next to the Old North Bridge at 269 Monument Street in Concord.

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