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The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife and book signing

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The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife and book signing

Time: May 26, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Location: Gunn Memorial Library, Washington, CT
Event Type: presentation/book, signing
Organized By: Velya Jancz-Urban
Latest Activity: May 13, 2015

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In 2011, Velya Jancz-Urban and her family bought a foreclosed farmhouse in Woodbury, Connecticut, unaware of what the house would reveal. Behind the walls, surprises and secrets waited to be exposed.  This became the spark for the novel, Acquiescence.

Moving into this 1770 farmhouse ignited Velya's interest in the colonial era. While researching her novel, she became obsessed (in a good way) with colonial women. In Velya’s entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife, even history buffs will learn a thing or two.

Discover what life was really like for New England's colonial women - because we've always been curious about: menstruation, sex & birth control, childbirth, sickness & medicine.  For instance, in an era when underwear hadn’t been invented, what did women do when they had their period? Early American birth control methods? It was suggested that women try jumping backwards seven times after intercourse to expel sperm, drink water that blacksmiths used to cool metals, insert a mixture of dried crocodile dung and honey into the vagina, or  smear ginger, tobacco juice, olive oil or pomegranate pulp around the vagina to kill sperm. Perhaps women need to be reminded of how far we’ve come, in order to see how far we still can go. Enjoy a complimentary cup of Women's Tonic Tea as Velya shares tidbits about issues faced by everyday 18th-century New England women.



Velya Jancz-Urban, and her Acquiescence protagonist Pamina Campbell, have a lot in common. Both are teachers and hoodwinked Brazilian dairy farm owners, and both share a 1770 Connecticut farmhouse with a spirit woman. Velya has been married for 32 years, and is the mother of two grown children. She has a few too many rescue dogs and cats, is happiest with a fresh stack of library books, loves thrift shops, and is passionate about alternative medicine. Velya is the creator/owner of How Cool Is That?!” (Hands-On Science) (, as well as the East Coast Instructor for the Earth Balloon.

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