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The local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter presents two events in March to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
March is Women's History Month, and to celebrate, the Colonel William Preston Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be presenting two events at local libraries.
During each event, one at the Roanoke Main Library tonight at 6 p.m. and one at the South County Library on March 21 at 7 p.m., chapter members will discuss "Notable Women: West of the Blue Ridge Twentieth Century" - the group's second book about noteworthy regional women.
The first book, released in 2007, detailed the lives of women who were important to the area between 1850 and 1950. The latest book recognizes the women of the latter half of the 20th century who had a great impact on Southwest Virginia.
Rebecca Austin, chairwoman of the chapter's book committee, believes it was important to share the stories of women such as philanthropist Evelyn Fishburn Shackelford James, educator Margaret Beeks and Dr. Mary Tom Bunting Long.
"From 1850 to now the lives of women have changed so much because of the Civil War and educational opportunities," Austin said. "Women got the right to vote, and the inventions of everything from washing machines to telephones to cars have made women's lives easier. Women are involved in politics and are involved in education and politics now, which is a great advancement in the past 100 years."
The book was written and put together by various members of the chapter and includes biographies of more than 50 notable women from our area.
"Notable Women" is available at the History Museum of Western Virginia and local libraries. It can be purchased from members of the DAR and at the upcoming library events for $15. For more information about the book, call 344-2178 or 982-5447.
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