Community members can learn about the changing roles of women during the Civil War at a guest lecture at Missouri S&T this Friday, Aug. 3.
Connie Grisier, a former history instructor and member of the National Association of Interpreters, will present “The Changing Role of Women during the American Civil War” at 7 p.m. Friday on the second floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, located on the Missouri S&T campus. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to bring a canned good item for the Missouri S&T Student Emergency Fund food pantry benefiting all students in need of assistance.
The presentation will include how women in both northern and southern states worked for war relief organizations, which were established to assist the soldiers in securing personal necessities that the Union and Confederate governments were unable to provide. These new responsibilities for women may have given them new-found freedoms and equipped them for their war of independence, says Grisier.
The lecture is part of the library’s Civil War summer exposition series taking place through August. An art gallery comprised of approximately 80 Civil War paintings and sketches by Rolla artist Dan Woodward decorate the library’s second floor. The third floor will also house an exhibit featuring artifacts from John Bradbury’s personal collection, items from the Claire V. Mann collection held by S&T Archives, and materials from the State Historical Society of Missouri. Viewings are free and open to the public during regular library hours which are available online at library.mst.edu or by calling 573-341-4008. The art will remain on display through the end of August.
For more information about the summer series, visit facebook.com/sandtlibrary.