Finding Esther – Nov. Lecture, 2017
“Finding Esther—The Cultural Experiences of One Pennsylvania German Widow in the Early 19th Century” is the topic of the November lecture sponsored by The Friends of Cornwall Iron Furnace. This program is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Freeman Hall Auditorium on the campus of Cornwall Manor Retirement Community.
Dr. Patricia Gibble has explored, through extensive research, the lives of Pennsylvania German farm women during the era of the new American Republic. Her talk is based on the experiences of Esther Weisz Schaeffer May, a local woman who became a young widow. Females were considered unequal to their male counterparts during this time and their roles in society were governed by religious and gender principles, world view and American law. These standardized roles limited their independence, work educational opportunities and inheritance rights.
“Finding Esther” portrays an example of a woman who, while restricted by cultural views of the day, successfully achieved a productive life in early America.
Dr. Gibble received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University in Washington, D.C., specializing in Archaeology and Gender Studies. She retired as a college professor in 2009, but continues to be involved with public archeological projects. She also currently serves as archiving coordinator at the Mt. Gretna Area Historical Society Museum.
The lecture, the last of this year’s offerings by the Iron Furnace group, is free to the public in a handicap-accessible facility. Because of construction to Freeman Hall any questions concerning access can be directed to the Cornwall Manor switchboard. A freewill donation can be given during the evening.
The last special event for this year is the 22nd annual Christmas at Cornwall House Tour on Saturday, December 2 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Check the website for ticket information at www.cornwallironfurnace.org or call 717-272-9711.
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