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Museum to offer tea party, history lesson

August 1, 2014

By Stephanie Salmons, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

Aug. 01--It will be a time for tea, and a history lesson, when the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, with the assistance of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, hosts a mother-daughter tea at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Joyce Steven will play dulcimer while guests are served tea or lemonade along with Civil War-era desserts.

Re-enactors in period dress will, afterward, share information on "Women of the Civil War," including stories about Mary Ann Clark, who fought alongside men while disguised as a soldier named Henry, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a surgeon and the only woman to have received the Medal of Honor, and more.

"We felt it was a good representation of a lot of stories that don't necessarily get told," museum Director Kathy Olson said. "So it has the finer touches of a tea, but, in fact, they'll be talking about some strong and powerful women. We liked that juxtaposition for the day."

The program, she said, gives a good overview of women throughout the North and the South.

Olson said when she was young, many people her age had family members who had or had heard first-hand accounts of the Civil War.

But that's not the case any more.

"That's all the more reason for us to tell these stories," she said. "We want them to be remembered. We want the full story to be remembered."

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling the museum at 270-687-2732. The tea party will be held at the museum, 122 E. Second St. Visitors will also be able to view the museum's current traveling exhibit on the Civil War, "Liberty on the Border."

Stephanie Salmons


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