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Iowa History Series: Iowa's Misbehaving Women

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Program Type: Program
Age: Adults

The WDM Historical Society presents an Iowa history series at the WDM Public Library. Ages 18 & up. No registration.

Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

March 17 -- Iowa's Misbehaving Women  |  Speaker: Cheryl Mullenbach

It’s been said that well-behaved women seldom make history. Author Cheryl Mullenbach has uncovered the stories of some of the state’s intriguing women who refused to “behave” as some expected and invites you to meet these heroic, amusing, imaginative, brave individuals. Learn about Iowa’s female riverboat captain, livery manager/cigar seller, and Cedar Rapids’ “girl in the trenches.” Hear the fascinating story of the woman who spearheaded a drive to provide “vermin-proof underwear” to World War I soldiers in the trenches… Although history has all but forgotten these misbehaving women, you can take time to remember with Cheryl.

Note: the woman depicted is Judith Ellen Foster. More here:

Future Iowa History Events:

April 14 -- Our New Neighbors: Refugees & Immigrants in Iowa  |  Speaker: Zelijka Krvavica

May 19 -- Exploring Iowa & Its Historic Gems  |  Speaker: Dan Kaercher