Celebrate Women’s History Month in March

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Hear from Bennis M. Blue, the first woman to join the 82nd Airborne, Wednesday, March 8, at the North Carolina Museum of History.

March is Women’s History Month. In recognition, North Carolina state parks, historical sites and museums from the coast to the mountains will offer talks, exhibits and tours that explore and celebrate the roles women have played in our state’s history and beyond. Here are some of the events taking place locally; a complete list is on the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources website

March 4, 11, 18 and 25: Bennett Place Historical Site (Durham) shares women’s stories in their series “The Civilian’s War.” Historians and authors showcase some of the exceptional women who lived, loved and struggled to survive in the tumultuous years during and after the American Civil War each Saturday in March. The talks begin at 1 p.m. Admission to Bennett Place is free, but tickets to the talks are $5.

  • March 4: Roles assumed by women to survive the Reconstruction Era
  • March 11: Experiences of African American women during the Civil War
  • March 18: Civil War mourning practices
  • March 25: Surviving food shortages on the home front

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March 8: North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh) features Bennis M. Blue who, in 1978, became the first female member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg. She tells her story in a talk titled “I Served, Too: Fame and Humility,” taking place at noon, Wednesday, March 8, as part of the museum’s History à la Carte program. Free.

March 11: Historic Stagville (Durham) hosts Valerie A. Johnson, chair of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and head of the Africana Women’s Studies Program at Bennett College, for “Speaking Truth, Giving Voice: A Talk in Celebration of the Genius of Black Women in North Carolina.” The event is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, March 11. Free.

March 19: North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh) hosts a talk by former museum curator and folklorist Lisa Yarger, author of “Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship.” The book explores her friendship with North Carolina midwife Lovie Beard Shelton, who delivered 4,000 babies from 1950 to 2001. This talk begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 19. Free.

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March 25: Duke Homestead (Durham) offers “Born at Duke Homestead,” examining the human experience of birth and motherhood for the family who lived and worked on the Duke Homestead, the birthplace of the American Tobacco Company. Tours from costumed interpreters and information from midwives with the Durham Women’s Clinic are included in the admission fee ($3). Tours are scheduled for 2, 3:30, 5 and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 25.


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