Posted on November 11th, 2013 by Rachel
November’s theme here at the JMM is Jewish women in the Civil War. We’ve kicked off the month with a wonderful talk yesterday by historian Dr. Lauren Strauss. Her talk has the distinction of having the Best Title Ever (IMHO): “Kosher Southern Belles and Yankee Bubbies Face America’s Greatest Crisis”.
Lauren Strauss presents
Folks, it just doesn’t get any better than that!
The Levy Sisters, Eugenia (left) and Phoebe (right)
Lauren told us about a handful of distinctive Jewish women who did remarkable things during the war. The most dramatic of them were the two Levy sisters: Eugenia Levy Phillips was a Confederate spy and was incarcerated twice for it, and her sister Phoebe Yates Pember was a stalwart nurse at the Chimborazo Hospital, where she made her mark by feeding the wounded with her chicken soup.
A few ladies of the Civil War
Next week, we continue celebrating the remarkable women of the Civil War, this time with a visit from a very familiar name: Clara Barton will be gracing us with her presence and her memories of the battlefields at 1pm next Sunday. Don’t miss it – for more info, check out our programs page!
Britt Olsen-Ecker as Clara Barton
A blog post by Visitor Services Coordinator Abby Krolik. To read more posts by Abby, click here.