Michelle Marchetti Coughlin is an independent scholar and former editor who holds graduate degrees in history and English and American literature. She lives south of Boston with her husband Mark. Michelle recently served as a Massachusetts Humanities Scholar-in-Residence for the Westport Historical Society, researching the life of Elizabeth Cadman White (ca. 1685–1768), one of the first owners of the society’s historic Cadman-White-Handy House. In the fall of 2013 this research was used in a Brown Center for Public Humanities course on historic house interpretation to develop programming for the Handy House.
Michelle is currently researching the seventeenth-century poem and letter-book of Mehetabel’s mother, Elizabeth Douglas Chandler (ca. 1641–1705), and has begun work on a book about Penelope Pelham Winslow (ca. 1633–1703), a member of the English gentry who was married to Plymouth Colony governor Josiah Winslow. She has also been serving on the Board of Directors of the Abigail Adams Birthplace in Weymouth, Mass., where she has been involved in planning such events as an author panel on “Revolutionary Women,” a program on slavery, and a symposium to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Adamses’ marriage.
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