Thursday, February 3, 2011

Leach Library to Host “Ahoy Pirates!”

On Thursday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m., the Leach Library will host an illustrated talk on the history of piracy with New England folklorist John Horrigan.

John Horrigan is a professional researcher, re-enactor, and lecturer on a wide range of historical and weather-related topics. He has presented programs throughout New England for over fifteen years on historic weather and disasters, economics, astronomy, and the paranormal.

In this program, Mr. Horrigan will transport listeners to the high seas to explore the history of pirates and privateers through paintings, portraits, and maps. Beginning with the Golden Age of Piracy, he will progress through the centuries to the contemporary pirates who lurk off the coast of Somalia today. His talk will include the Pirate Code, pirate myths, buried treasure, pirates in popular culture and many notorious pirates, including Captain Kidd, Redbeard, Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, Henry Morgan, and Blackbeard.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

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