In May 2014 Jo Ann Carr attended a program featuring four books highlighting Civil War era letters from soldiers from Wisconsin. Following the program she asked a speaker “Where are the letters from Wisconsin women?” His startled response to her question led her on a five-year quest to find the voices of those forgotten women, eight of which will be revealed in Such Anxious Hours: Wisconsin Women’s Voices from the Civil War, to be published by the University of Wisconsin press in fall 2019. Jo Ann will offer a sneak preview of this title at a May 1 UWRA program.
Attendees will accompany Jo Ann as she culls through thousands of records of Civil War writings; peruses and deciphers brittle, fading documents in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives; and travels the streets and byways frequented by Civil War women. Jo Ann will share the challenges of pursuing historical research after a forty-year career spent leading library and technology services in the School of Education. She will reveal why the writings of Wisconsin’s Civil War women have been hidden and how the history of Northern women in the Civil War has been obscured by other accounts of that era. Jo Ann will also share brief stories of the eight women featured in her forthcoming book as well as those of other women she encountered during her quest.
Food pantry contributions: Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Both cash and checks payable to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with "Food Pantry" on the memo line, will be accepted.
Parking: Enter Oakwood grounds at the traffic light at Island Drive and Mineral Point Road. Take the left fork and then the second driveway on the right to enter visitor underground parking. Push the button for assistance. Park in any visitor or non-reserved stall; take elevator to first floor lobby where signs or a receptionist will help. When you exit the underground parking the garage door opens automatically. You may also park in a surface visitor spot (marked spaces along the drive and up the hill toward the large lot).
On foot, enter Heritage (6205 Mineral Point Road) at its main entrance (third driveway on the right, at stop sign) or enter the auditorium doors directly from the lower drive.
If taking the bus, Madison Metro Bus Routes 14 and 67 stop on Mineral Point Rd in front of Oakwood, if traveling easterly, or across Mineral Point Rd from Oakwood if traveling westerly.
Registration: Advance registration is required. If you are not registered in advance, you may not receive handouts. If you or your companion registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please email or call the UWRA Office.
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UW-Madison Retirement Association
21 N Park St, Room 7205
Madison WI 53715-1218