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Interpreting the American Civil War Home Front

Women’s History Month, Fort Ward Virginia

The Fort Ward museum in Alexandria, Virginia held a program in celebration of Women’s History Month. The program highlighted the contributions of women during the Civil War; a few friends and I participated. We were stationed throughout the museum where visitors could interact with us and hear about women during the 1860s. There was a station discussing women’s work and medicine, clothing, female soldiers, and I discussed the support of the ladies’ aid societies, north and south. I had pieces from the United States Sanitary Commission slipper pattern at my table that I worked on while at there.









A good number of people came through and all were interested in what we were doing. The museum also had a kids’ station where children could make fans or paper cockades. I enjoyed the day there and hope to participate in more of their activities.

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