Monday, March 17, 2008

Celebrate Women's History Month at the Library!

We have two special March events sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. On Thursday, March 20th at 6:30pm historians Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith will be discussing the medical adventures of frontier women. This program places these women within the context of 19th century medical practice and invites discussion of parallels between folk remedies of yesteryear and alternative medicine practices of today. Please join us in the Flinn Room of the library for this exciting program!

Our second event takes place on Saturday, March 29th at 1pm - Susan B Anthony - The Invincible! will come to life circulating petitions, getting arrested and challenging legislators when she appears at the library courtesty of the VT Humanities Council and co-sponsored by The Springfield Art and Historical Society.

Anthony was an abolitionist and women's rights advocate, fighting for equal pay and property rights, but she is best known as the foremost leader of the woman suffrage movement.

Sally Matson has been touring the country as the fiesty activist for five years, appearing at such diverse venues as Time Warner, Raytheon, the Army Corps of Engineers, Portland State University in Oregon, the Warren Library in Vermont, and the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center, New Jersey.

A graduate of Northwestern University School of Communication, Matson studied writing at the University of Virginia and Manhattanville College. She has been acting and directing for thirty years. Matson performed in a Department of Defense show in the pacific and has been a writer and interviewer on CT Cable TV.

Letters, speeches and diaries are used in the play to reveal both her wit and her fury. Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, William Lloyd Garrison, Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many other contemporaries are mentioned in the show. Her words transport the audience to the time of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, fights over the Constitutional Amendments, and Westward expansion.

"I am on the road now and that is exactly what she did," said Matson, whose current touring somewhat mirrors Anthony's road trips in the 1800s. "Anthony's influence still resonates in our society; women and minorities continue to fight for equity. I am spreading her story, her mission."