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“Civil War Women: Their Roles & Legacies” Historical Lecture at Trailside, Oct. 20

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Community Renewal invite adults, ages 18 and older to participate in a historical lecture about Civil War women on Thursday, Oct. 20 at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside. The program runs from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. and pre-registration is recommended.  The fee is $8 for Union County residents and $10 for out-of-county participants.

Trish Chambers, an author and Civil War re-enactor, brings the life experiences of women during this critical period in American history to life for her audience in “Civil War Women: Their Roles and Legacies.” She discusses how women were left behind to fend for themselves, managing homes, businesses and plantations, roles that had been traditionally held by men prior to the Civil War.

“This fascinating lecture will focus on the accomplishments of women from the North and the South, who supported the war effort as nurses, spies, soldiers and authors,” said Freeholder Chairman Deborah Scanlon. “Ms. Chambers talks about their legacies and the changes in society that would redefine the world forever.”

Trish Chambers has performed at numerous historical events and period re-enactments. She participated in the Civil War movie, “Gods and Generals” and consulted with the History Channel and appeared in their production of “Full Metal Corset: Secret Soldiers of the Civil War.” She also is the author of “Civil War Women: Their Roles and Legacies,” a work of non-fiction that illustrates the achievements and struggles of women of the Civil War era.

For additional information about the Civil War Women lecture or other adult programs and upcoming events at Trailside call 908-789-3670 or visit  Trailside Nature & Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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