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Dramatization of Capital Dames by Cokie Roberts

Post Date:02/04/2016

The Arts Commission is proud to present a dramatic review of Cokie Roberts' new book, "Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington," by actress Jenny Riddle. This event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Ed & Mary Hennessy Room at the Village Hall.

Don't miss this riveting look at Washington, D.C., during the Civil War, as well as the experiences and contributions of women during this momentous period of American history.

You may be familiar with Mary Todd Lincoln, Dorothea Dix and Sojourner Truth, but what do you know about Jessie (Mrs. John "The Pathfinder") Frémont, Varina (Mrs. Jefferson) Davis, Elizabeth Blair Lee or ex-slave Elizabeth Keckley?

You won't want to miss learning about how these women influenced the war, and helped move women closer to equal rights. Can you imagine a young female teacher in the mid-1850s turn down a job offer from a school, stating, "I will never do a man's work for less than a man's pay." Clara Barton did just that – and she got the job!

Join Jenny as she shares these stories and more!

Registration is not necessary. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Sue Lessen at 847-781-2606.

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