Join the Fort Pitt Museum for its fourth annual Women’s History Seminar celebrating 18th century women’s history.
Past topics have included material culture, biographies, the roles of American Indian women, and more.
Additional speakers and schedule will be announced.
10 – 11:30 a.m.: Mary Miley Theobald
11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Ja:no’s Bowen
Online registration will close at the end of business on Friday, July 27 or when tickets are sold out. Any remaining tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis at the front desk.
History Myths and Women in Early America, Mary Miley Theobald
History myths are repeated every day in museums and cultural institutions throughout America. Many relate to women – and not in complimentary terms. How do these myths perpetuate themselves and what is the truth behind them?
Mary Miley Theobald is a history and freelance writer. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the College of William and Mary and taught American history at Virginia Commonwealth University for 13 years. She has written 12 nonfiction books, three historic novels, and 200 articles for a variety of magazines and newspapers, most regularly for Colonial Williamsburg. Her book, “Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked,” is available at the Fort Pitt Museum shop.
The Role of Seneca Women in Language Revitalization Efforts, Ja:no’s Bowen
Throughout Iroquois history, women have carried a central role as teachers, the ones who transmit the culture. One of their primary responsibilities has been to educate the young. This tradition continues today, as Iroquois women continue to promote the Seneca language and culture. This presentation will highlight some of the amazing women who have dedicated their careers to language revitalization efforts.
Ja:no’s – Janine Bowen is the Allegany Territory, Language Department Director at the Seneca Nation. She was formerly a Seneca language instructor at the Salamanca City Central School District in Salamanca, New York, where she taught for 13 years. In 2002, she was a special assistant to the Honoring Nations Program at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. She holds a Master’s in education from the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, and a Master’s in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.