Kansas Women, Work and Civil War

Sunday, May 5, 2 pm

Diane EickhoffThe Kansas Historical Society announced that Kaw Mission State Historic Site in collaboration with the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) will present Kansas Women, Work and the Civil War, by Diane Eickhoff, author and historian.
The presentation is the third presentation of the Kaw Councils 2013 educational program series and will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Kaw Mission, 500 N Mission Street, Council Grove. Regular admission fees apply, adults-$3 children-$1.

During the Civil War, employment opportunities for women opened up from nursing (which had been an all-male profession until then) to army laundresses to spies. Women assumed clerical positions in the U.S. government, turned their homes into cottage factories to make blankets, bandages, and uniforms, and even disguised themselves as men in order to serve as combat soldiers on the battlefield. This presentation uses historical photographs and current research to tell the fascinating story of women’s work during the Civil War, with special emphasis on notable Kansas women.

Diane Eickhoff is an independent historian who has written and edited educational materials for children and young adults for many years. She received her MA in history from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Her biography of Clarina Nichols's life, Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women's Rights, was named a Kansas Notable Book for 2007. Diane has been involved with KHC since 2003 and joined the KHC Speakers Bureau in 2009.

Immediately following the presentation, there will be a book signing of Eickhoff’s books Revolutionary Heart and The Big Divide: A Travel Guide to Historic and Civil War Sites in the Kansas – Missouri Border Region, which she co-authored with husband Aaron Barnhart and is due for release in early spring. These books are available for sale in the Kaw Mission State Historic Site Gift Shop.

This program is brought to you by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit organization promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and strengthen our sense of community.  The Kaw Councils 2013 educational program series is co-sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Friends of Kaw Heritage, Inc.  Connect with us!

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