Thursday, March 7, 2013

Our Women's History

Handmade Book -- Russell Co. Women's Hall of Fame
Russell County Public Library has highlighted OUR women's history--the history of the women of Russell County--by establishing the Russell County Women's Hall of Fame. Click to see names of the Hall of Fame members.)
Every March for the last five years, RCPL has tried to add to our knowledge of the history of Russell County's women by sponsoring an essay contest during Women's History Month. The subject of the essay must be a woman who is a native of or has lived in Russell County. Essay contest judges recommend women for induction in the Russell County Women's Hall of Fame based on the essays submitted. All essays are included in the Local History files, so our knowledge of our women's history grows every year.

If you look at the list of women in the Hall of Fame (that link above), you will  notice several prominent and notable Russell County women who aren't there. Look at that list and ask yourself if the 'firsts' are there. 
Is our first woman treasurer there?
Is our first woman supervisor there?
Is our first woman superintendent of schools?
Has your church had a woman pastor or deaconess? Is she there?

If you don't see those women, sit down at a keyboard or put pen to paper and write. We keep the word limit to 500, so you won't be intimidated by the writing. In fact, you will probably find it hard to say everything you want in just 500 words. The libraries have computers for typing and scrap paper for writing. What's your excuse?

send the essays to by 5 pm, March 20, 2013

Celebrate Our Women's History
March 28, 4 pm
Lebanon Library
A reception honoring essayists and this year's Hall of Fame inductees

submitted by Kelly McBride Delph

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