Humorous presentation on The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Housewife

It’s no secret that colonial women didn’t have it easy. Without the help of modern conveniences, daily life in the early years of this country was filled with challenges. We all know about the struggles and dangers of cooking and farming, but what about all the other day-to-day issues?
On Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. the Trumbull Historical Society, 1856 Huntington Tpke., will host a presentation by Velya Jancz-Urban, author of The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Housewife.

In her funny and frank presentation, Jancz-Urban reveals what life was really like for New England's colonial women as they dealt with menstruation, sex, birth control, childbirth, sickness and medicine.

The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife not only makes audience members laugh and grimace, but it also honors our foremothers. It’s not about quilting bees and spinning wheels — it’s an interactive presentation about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women.

In 2011, Jancz-Urban and her family bought a foreclosed farmhouse in Woodbury, 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 with colonial women. In this entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife, even history buffs will learn a thing or two.

Requested donation $3 members, $5 non-members. Space is limited, so reserve a spot by calling 203-377-6620 or