We all have just as many female ancestors as we do male, but often women’s activities were considered too prosaic or unimportant to record. But many women lead vital, active lives. Commemorate Women’s History Month by attending our day devoted to examining some of these dynamic women. Sessions include:

10:00 AM, Discovery Center
Clubwomen and Music in Gilded Age Chicago: Frances Macbeth Glessner, Mozart, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Melanie Bookout
Melanie Bookout examines the work of a major music patron, Frances Macbeth Glessner (1848-1932), patron and friend to many of the best musicians, artists, poets, and writers who lived or worked in Chicago. Glessner was an accomplished pianist, and her activities as clubwoman and patron offer a rich glimpse of music-making in “frontier” America.

11:30 AM, Discovery Center
Mommy, What Did You Do During the War? - Delia Bourne
How did women participate in the military efforts during war time in the United States? How did this change from one war to the next? Discover answers to these questions and how your female ancestors could have contributed to the military efforts through the years.

1:30 PM, Discovery Center
Dames and Darbies - Female Detectives - Allison DePrey Singleton
Learn about women detectives, a most unusual profession for the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Women like Alice Clement, Kate Warne, Mary Shanley, and Frances Glessner Lee (daughter of Frances Macbeth Glessner) paved the way for women doing detective work today.

For more information, see our brochure. To register for any or all of these free events, call 260-421-1225 or email Genealogy@ACPL.Info.