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  • Writer's pictureMj Pettengill

What's New? Mark the Date For Upcoming Classes and Events

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

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As we all know, everything has changed since our world shifted a few years ago. I used to do book signings, presentations, and lectures weekly.

As a perennial hermitess, this is bearable— even preferable—but the time has come to emerge from the cocoon. WHAT’S UP? I am pleased to be giving an author talk at the James E. Nichols Memorial Library in Center Harbor, NH, on September 15 at 2:00 PM. I will discuss Etched in Granite, the first book in the series. There will be signed copies of all three books available. This is free and open to the public. October 22, I will be the guest speaker at the Annual Meeting & Author Lunch at the Tuftonboro Free Library in Tuftonboro, NH. For more information, visit their website.


OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Granite State College

Carroll County Farm Cemetery, NH, Mj Pettengill
Carroll County Farm Cemetery, NH, Mj Pettengill

Etched in Granite: The History of a 19th-Century Poor Farm in New Hampshire

Share Mj Pettengill’s journey from her discovery of 298 numbered gravestones in a cemetery in Ossipee, New Hampshire, to the creation of her historical fiction series, Etched in Granite. After learning that the graves belonged to “inmates” of a 19th-century poorhouse, the Carroll County Farm, whose records had been lost in a fire, Ms. Pettengill made it her mission to identify those interred at the site. She will present the research methods, sources, and results that led her to the identities of 268 individuals buried at the cemetery. She will also discuss the obstacles encountered and overcome during the discovery period and how data fragments led to the examination of the foundation of our current welfare system and the birth of the social worker’s role.

Member tuition: $20.00 | Thursday: October 6, 2022 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM | Class Limit: 30 Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland Street, Moultonborough, NH, 03254


The Art of Wild Tea, Mj Pettengill
The Art of Wild Tea, Mj Pettengill

The Art of Wild Tea: Wildcrafting in New Hampshire

Embrace the nature of our cycles and seasons while discovering the art of creating wild, locally harvested tea for beverage and medicinal purposes.

Identify local plants traditionally used for various teas, infusions, and decoctions.

Unlock the secrets of wild herbs, medicine, and culinary accents used by wise healers from centuries ago— traditional indigenous healing practices and local folk remedies—while respecting the principles of ethical and sustainable wildcrafting. Participants will learn the tools, guides, and apps for plant identification, which is imperative for avoiding dangerous look-a-likes and for the sustainable management of endangered, threatened, or sensitive plants. The course also covers the basics of preparing, drying, storing, and crushing wild plants used to create beverages and medicines.

Member tuition: $20.00 |Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM | Class Limit: 30 Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland Street, Moultonborough, NH, 03254


Presenter: Author and historian Mj Pettengill focuses on cultural narrative and traditions, historical and intergenerational trauma integration, ancestral healing, and social welfare development. Aligned with ancient healing customs, Mj practices the art of gathering wild plants for food/medicine on her farm and apothecary in the mountains of New Hampshire. She has an MFA in creative writing and undergraduate studies in history, theology, music, and psychology. She penned the Etched in Granite Historical Fiction Series.


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