Lecture: Cunning Folk and Conjurors: Folk Magic in Colonial America

When:
October 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
2017-10-19T19:00:00-04:00
2017-10-19T19:15:00-04:00
Where:
Visitor Center Auditorium
18751 Hogaboom Ln
St Marys City, MD 20686
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Visitor Center
(240) 895-4990

Join Dr. Kelly Arehart, Manager of Interpretation and Visitors’ Services at George Washington’s Fredericksburg Foundation, for a presentation of her work, Cunning Folk and Conjurors: Folk Magic in Colonial America.  This free lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center auditorium.

The use of folk magic may seem foreign and exotic to many of us in the 21st century, but folk magic was an attempt to influence forces, seen and unseen, for good or for ill.  This talk examines how Europeans and Africans brought their traditions with them to the New World, and how Americans’ understanding of “magic” changed through the 17th and 18th centuries.