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Abby Hutchinson’s Sweet Freedom Songs

May 26th, 2022 · No Comments · City Library, Events, Main Branch, Uncategorized, Virtual Programs, West Branch

Popular songs are a wonderful window for looking into social movements of America’s past, as shown by singer/actress Deborah Anne Goss in her program Abby Hutchinson’s Sweet Freedom Songs. Join the Manchester City Library on Thursday, June 23, at 7:00 PM for a virtual performance!

Presented as part of New Hampshire’s “Humanities-To-Go” programming, Deborah performs as New Hampshire-born abolitionist, suffragist, and singer Abby Hutchinson, who became famous singing anti-slavery songs with her brothers as ‘The Hutchinson Family Singers’ during the 1840’s. There is a direct connection between the abolition movement and the campaign for woman suffrage, as the stories and songs in this lively program illustrate. There may be opportunities for audience participation, and words for some of the song choruses are provided.

A native of Vermont, Deborah has lived, sung, acted, and taught in the Boston area for many years. Since 2002 she’s developed and performed solo programs of American history in word and song. As one-half of the now-retired singing duo ‘The Proper Ladies’, she and Anabel Graetz performed their programs of Victorian Era popular songs throughout New England and on both coasts from 1994 to 2020. Deb also sings with New Hampshire performers Steve Blunt and Marek Bennett as ‘The Hutchinson Heritage Singers’.

For questions, call Sue at 603-624-6550 x7620 or email

Signup for this program is not required, but if you’d like a reminder email, you can sign up through our library calendar! You’ll also receive an email with the Zoom meeting link! Visit and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar. Click here to be taken directly to the event, or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

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