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The Great New England Vampire Panic

October 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm EDT

South Kingstown Land Trust Barn
17 Matunuck Beach Rd
South Kingstown, RI 2879 United States

Exeter, Rhode Island, 1892: After a large exodus of residents, only 900 people remained in this nearly deserted rural village.  Frightening and mysterious sicknesses repeatedly struck families throughout town.  Residents searched for the cause and reached the unusual conclusion that the culprit was Mercy Brown: 19-years-old, recently-deceased and a vampire.

Dozens of supposed vampires were identified throughout New England during this century-long panic, now believed to have actually been caused by tuberculosis or “consumption.”  Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, former Connecticut State Archaeologist, will explore his study of this folk belief and a possible vampire burial discovered nearby.  Discussing the incidence of consumption and the great fear it inspired will be public historian Dr. Mary Babson Fuhrer. 

An exhibit of medical artifacts from the Center’s collection will be on display before and after the program.  Halloween treats will be served following the program under the full moon.

Presented by the South County History Center in partnership with the South Kingstown Land Trust. This free public program is part of the Center’s series “Resilient Rhode Island: Disasters & Determination in the Ocean State,” which is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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October 24, 2018
6:30 pm EDT
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Erica Luke


South Kingstown Land Trust Barn
17 Matunuck Beach Rd
South Kingstown, RI 2879 United States
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