Feb 5 2013 - 6:00pm
Clara Barton earned fame as the first woman to serve as a nurse on the front lines of a battlefield. This first-person program introduces Barton as a tireless worker who faced remarkable challenges in her quest to care for wounded soldiers. Learn about the medical conditions during the American Civil War and about the courage required for a woman who dared to brave the war’s front lines.
History comes alive in the talented hands of historian Leslie Goddard who tells fascinating stories and creates vivid portraits of some of history's most memorable women. With experience as a historian, actor, and museum teacher, Leslie Goddard brings a unique perspective to her history presentations.
This program is part of a partnership in a series on the Civil War between the Canal Corridor Association, LaSalle Public Library and Peru Public Library.
Trained as a historian, she earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, specializing in U.S. cultural history, American studies, and women's history. She also holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in theater and has been working in the field of museum interpretation for nearly ten years. Her programs combine her experience as a teacher and actor with her background as a historian and researcher.
Goddard writes and lectures frequently on American history, with particular expertise in the areas of women's history and Chicago cultural history. She has presented numerous lectures and presentations for museums, libraries, community centers, and civic organizations.
This program is made possible through funds from the Alwin C. Carus Trust and is free and open to the public. For further information call the LaSalle Public Library at 815.223.2341.