About the Author

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Michelle Marchetti Coughlin is an independent scholar and former editor who holds graduate degrees in history and English and American literature. She is currently at work on books about the wives of the colonial governors (“The First First Ladies”) and Penelope Pelham Winslow, a member of the English gentry who was married to Plymouth Colony governor Josiah Winslow. Her book about Penelope Winslow will be published in fall 2019.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Abigail Adams Birthplace in Weymouth, Mass., Michelle has planned multiple programs on women’s history and New England slavery, as well as a symposium to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Adamses’ marriage.

Michelle has served as a Massachusetts Humanities Scholar-in-Residence, researching the life of Elizabeth Cadman White, one of the first owners of the Westport (Mass.) Historical Society’s 1710 Cadman-White-Handy House. (This research was later used in a Brown Center for Public Humanities course on historic house interpretation.) She has also acted as a historical consultant for the Duxbury (Mass.) Historical Society, researching the women of the society’s nineteenth-century Bradford House. She is currently guest curating Pilgrim Hall Museum’s “Women of Plymouth” exhibit, to open May 2019.

She may be reached at mmcoughlin@onecolonialwomansworld.com