Wednesdays – “Women’s History Month”
3/8 & 3/30 @ 1:00 PM/CH
Instructor: Herb Kaufman
3/8 “The Secret Army: Female Spies in American History, Part One”
A spy is a person who is sent into enemy territory to inspect their works, ascertain their strength, and secretly communicate intelligence. In accordance with the rules of war, a spy, if caught, is subject to capital punishment.
Espionage and spying are the least understood, yet one of the most interesting aspects of history. Intelligence gathering has traditionally been considered the domain of men. Until recently, the exploits of women who served as spies have often been overlooked or considered of little importance.
3/22 “The Victorian Woman”
This program explores the daily lives of women during the mid-Victorian era of the 1860’s. The Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign, from June 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. The Victorian era seems like another world to us. The one thing that was different was the place of women in society. There were of course perceptive women of independent original thought, but for the huge majority life was easier if they accepted that a woman’s place was in the home. Photography was a new invention and fashions included the hoop skirt, crinolines, and hair jewelry. The story of the Victorian woman is presented through the presentation of original clothing, photographs, magazines and home implements of the period.