On a winter's evening in 1673, tragedy descended on the respectable Portsmouth, Rhode Island household of Thomas Cornell. His 73-year-old mother, Rebecca, was found close to her bedroom's large fireplace, dead and badly burned.
The Portsmouth Historical Society historical book club will host a discussion of Killed Strangely: The Death of Rebecca Cornell, by Elaine Forman Crane. The book relates the compelling story of Rebecca Cornell’s death and its aftermath, vividly depicting the world in which she lived. The discussion will be led by Gloria Schmidt, PHS member, author and noted expert on Portsmouth Portsmouth history.
The book club will meet on Thursday, September 19 at the Portsmouth Library from 6 - 7:30 pm. Copies of the book have been placed on reserve at the library; just inquire at the front desk. The event is free and always welcomes new attendees who enjoy reading about our rich local history.