Women_s History Month Event

Augusta museum’s March programs highlight area women

From the Augusta Museum of History

This year’s Women’s History Month theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.”

From the earliest storytellers, our experiences have been captured by a wide variety of artists, teachers, authors, songwriters, performers, scholars and journalists. Women have long been instrumental in passing on our heritage in word and in print to communicate the lessons of those who came before us, according to a news release from the Augusta Museum of History. Throughout March, the museum will highlight women of Augusta who have sought to tell our stories and whose stories have been untold.

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The museum will kick off its Women’s History Month activities with the debut of two new activities: The Hunt for Historical Heroines Scavenger Hunt and a new set of Augusta History Collectible Trading Cards featuring Augusta Women highlighted in the museum’s exhibits. Pick up a copy of our special scavenger hunt and explore the museum in search of Historic Women of Augusta. Bring your completed sheet to the front desk to collect one of our new Museum Trading Cards. There will be 12 in the Women of Augusta set and 10 in the Augusta African Americans set to collect. 

Our first Saturday Voices of the Past presentation by Jean Embry, The Other Tubmans: Emily and William, recounts the story of Augusta philanthropist Emily Tubman and her efforts to free her slaves in Pre-Civil War Georgia. Participants will also learn about Augusta’s connection with William Tubman, former president of Liberia, Africa.

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⁠The presentations are scheduled for 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 March 4 in the antebellum kitchen area. They are free with museum admission. Embry is an Augusta Local Legend in her own right. Not only is she Paine College Professor Emeritus of Psychology, but she is a published author, professional storyteller and motivational speaker.

The 3rd Saturday Voices of the Past presentation, Conquering the Counter: The Augusta Civil Rights Movement is re-enacted by John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School graduate, IdaLease Cummings. Instead of portraying a specific person, Cummings portrays a Augusta Civil Rights activist, who is a conglomerate of many different people who took part in the local Civil Rights Movement. The character is a Paine College student remembering Jim Crow Augusta and training for the H.L. Green Department Store Lunch counter sit-ins in downtown Augusta in 1960.

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The presentation takes place in the Transportation Corridor under the HL Green sign that was formerly designated as the “entrance for colored people” on Ellis Street at the back of the store. The presentations, which are free with museum admission, will be at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. March 19.

Our March Family Fun Day on March 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. will celebrate Augusta women with games, crafts, the Hunt for Historical Heroines, and the omen of Augusta Trading Cards. Participants in the Family Fun Day activities will receive a trading card with admission.

The Fun Day will feature a special presentation by Karin Sisk. Sisk will portray Aiken suffragist and trail-blazing entrepreneur Eulalie Salley in a one-woman show entitled A Conversation with Eulalie Salley at 1:30 p.m. Sisk will share an historical account of the women’s suffrage movement with a special focus on local activities. She will be available for questions following her presentation in the museum theater on the second floor.

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