American Women in the Great War

August 15, 2018

The Steele County Historical Society will host Ames Sheldon for a discussion, American Women in the Great War, on September 13, 7:00 PM.


Ames Sheldon will discuss the roles women played, especially in France, during WWI. Ames will walk us through the research process and sources used for her novel Eleanor’s Wars, a story about a young American woman who drove an ambulance in France during the Great War. Eleanor’s Wars won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best New Voice in Fiction.


It's 1942 and the globe is aflame. Eleanor Sutton, matriarch of a prosperous New Jersey family, struggles to fight the war on the home front. But then long-buried memories rooted in Eleanor's service in the Great War come to light. These decades-old secrets threaten her marriage to George--and bring his own carefully guarded secrets to the surface.


Ames Sheldon is a former journalist, former director of corporate and foundation giving at the Minnesota Historical Society, and the lead author and editor of Women’s History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States (R.R. Bowker, 1979).


Admission to the lecture is free to SCHS members, $5 for nonmembers.


The Steele County Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1949. Its mission is to preserve and share Steele County history today for tomorrow.  The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Steele County’s past through museum exhibits, research, collections, tours, educational programs and book publishing.  The Society is located at 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN.

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