Straight-Laced Girls, Uptight Ladies & Loose Women
In honor of Women’s History Month, the library is hosting historian Kathy Wilson for her program “Straight-laced Girls, Uptight Ladies
& Loose Women” on Saturday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. in the library’s community meeting rooms.
In the first program of her series on 19th-century women’s history, Kathy looks at the changing role of American women from colonial times through the Victorian era, including what it means to be “straight-laced and uptight”. Discover what corsets and gun clubs have in common, how the house took on new importance for our female ancestors, and why a man’s home wasn’t really his castle, but rather his wife’s!
A professional historian and educator, Kathy Wilson believes learning about the past can be fun as well as interesting. To prove that point, she draws on more than 20 years of experience to create programs that engage and entertain as well as educate her audiences.
Ms. Wilson received her BA in History from Bemidji State University in Minnesota, before traveling to England where she completed her Masters at the University of York. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa and specializes in 18th and 19th-century British-American social history. Her dissertation investigates the role of kinship networks in the social transformations of Catholic families, 1760-1850.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the library’s website at www.marshalltownlibrary.org or call the library’s Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4.