Professor Amanda Fesperman speaks on Female Spies of the South
Thursday, October 15th at 6PM.
Public Landing Restaurant, 200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441
Come for a delicious buffet dinner with fellow history enthusiasts at the Public Landing Restaurant in Lockport on Thursday, October 15 at 6:00pm. Professor Amanda Fesperman will discuss the brave women involved in espionage during the nation’s Civil War.
Hear the stories of the heroic women involved in some of the most pivotal moments in Civil War history. Unexpected plot twists, danger and intrigue all wind together to make an evening of delightful historic content, led by a professor who has dedicated herself to the study of women in antebellum society.
The Civil War provided countless opportunities for heroism, sacrifice and betrayal. Learn more about this fascinating subject while enjoying an evening of drinks, dining and discussion along the I&M Canal. It’s sure to be an evening to remember.
“There are some really fascinating stories here!” Says Amanda. “One woman was not just a double agent, she was actually hired to spy on herself. Another set a personal goal to become engaged to as many confederate soldiers as she could as a way to boost morale!”
When asked how some of these incredible stories have gone unheard for so long, Professor Fesperman adds, “People don’t know these stories because until 20 years ago, women’s involvement in the Civil War wasn’t given much thought in traditional collegiate history departments. This has been, and continues to be, a truly amazing area of study, and I look forward to sharing it with your guests.”
Drinks begin at 6:00, dinner at 6:30. The lecture will follow at 7:30. Dinner is a buffet of Herb Roasted Pork Loin, Citrus Baked Whitefish, Vegetarian Pasta Marinara served with coffee, mixed field greens salad, homemade poppyseed dressing, fresh rolls, chef’s fresh vegetable and garlic mashed potatoes.
Join us for both the dinner & lecture for $29, or just the lecture for $7. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve, please call (815) 223-1851.
Amanda Fesperman is a professor at Illinois Valley Community College and has been studying women in politics and history for the past 25 years. Her master’s and doctoral work focused on women in the developing world — particularly sub-Saharan Africa — and women in the Antebellum and Civil War periods in the United States.
This event is sponsored by the Canal Corridor Association, coordinating entity for the I&M Canal National Heritage Area, 100 miles filled with simple pleasures and natural treasures along one of America’s most historically significant waterways. For more information on the historic cities and towns, prairies, parks and preserves that make up the I&M Canal National Heritage Area, visit the Lock 16 Visitor Center, located at 754 First Street in LaSalle, IL, or visit us online at www.iandmcanal.org.