On June 3rd at 3pm, The Cape Charles Historical Society will open the new exhibition “Stronger than Steel: Four Women, Four Years, One War” with a presentation by nationally renowned author and historian Kellee Blake. As many who attended the 2016 exhibition and lecture at The Historical Society of Eastern Virginia at Ker Place already know, Ms. Blake has woven the stories of Eastern Shore women during the Civil War into an amazing and engaging historical account that truly brings to life “the fight of their lives”.
The North Street Playhouse Studio Series in cooperation with the Eastern Shore Community College, will also be presenting their performance of “Stronger Than Steel: Civil War Voices of Eastern Shore Women” the following weekend, with performances June 9 & 10 at 8pm, and June 11 at 2:30pm. Please call the North Street Playhouse at (757) 787-2050 for more details, or go online at northstreetplayhouse.org/studio.
Our exhibition at the Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center features the stories and experiences of four Northampton County women: Mary Catherine Winder Howard, Candis Godwin, Ann Parker Thom, and Tabitha Harmonson Snead. Learn of the woman who proclaimed herself to be the “first female employee” of the Confederate government, the brave enslaved Seaview girl’s imperiled trips past Union soldiers, the Eastville ladies who literally “fought” the Yankees, the Shore’s first Confederate widow, and more.
This exhibition and lecture are made possible by the support of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the wonderful generosity and collaboration of The Historical Society of the Eastern Shore at Ker Place, and author and historian Kellee Blake. Artifacts and original documents on loan from the private collections of the Historical Society of the Eastern Shore, Kellee Blake, Sally McNeilan, Jerry Doughty, Sanford and Sandra Leake, and Kimb Leake Denny