Women’s History Month

Jane Olmsted, A Poetic Romp Through Women’s History

A Poetic Romp Through Women’s History

What American Women Have to Say Through Poetry

Join us as writer and Western Kentucky University professor Jane Olmsted reads and discusses the poetry of American women, while also sprinkling in readings of her own poetry. Olmsted’s poems and stories have appeared in numerous journals. Her chapbook Tree Forms was published in 2011 by Finishing Line Press. Her essay “The Weight of a Human Heart” won Memoir Journal’s prize for the guns issue in the fall 2013. Her collection of poems, Seeking the Other Side, was published in 2015 by Fleur de Lis Press.

From “Ghazal by Thread” by Jane Olmsted:

It seems the life I’ve called my own is but an echo of
someone else, someone who can only be heard—or found
—if she lets go of that life

sloughing off the skin and baring the rawness, pulling
hand over hand and gathering the lines of this deep-
shadowed life.

Click this link for an article about Jane’s book Seeking the Other Side.

History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Hopkinsville Human Relations Commission at the next History on Tap at Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 pm. In honor of Women’s History Month, they will host a special presentation by Kentucky Chautauqua performer Kelly O. Brengelman. Brengleman will portray Rose Leigh, a young woman who found stardom as “Rosie the Riveter.”

Rose Leigh was just a regular girl from Science Hill, Kentucky, when she arrived at the Willow Run Bomber Factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1942 to work as a riveter on B-24 bombers during World War II. Although she arrived with personal obstacles that included single motherhood, Rose found her way around the plant, found her ambitions, and found temporary stardom when she met Walter Pidgeon and appeared on the big screen as “Rosie the Riveter.”

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 pm for the next History on Tap program.

Women’s History Talk: Five Hopkinsville Women Who Deserve Historical Markers

Join Milkweed health & harmony emporium on March 28th for a Women’s History Talk by Jennifer Brown. The talk will discuss Five Hopkinsville Women Who Deserve Historical Markers. This special event will coincide with another special event, the Downtown Stroll, Sip & Shop.

Jennifer P. Brown has written about Hopkinsville for 35 years – first as a reporter and editor for the Kentucky New Era for three decades and more recently as an independent journalist publishing the online news site Hoptown Central. Brown co-chairs the National Advisory Board of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky, and she is a board member for the Kentucky Historical Society and the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County. She earned the MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Goucher College, Baltimore.

Women’s History Month Speaker (Cultural Diversity Lecture Series)

“Gender and War Memory in Putin’s Russia” – Monday, March 25th at 12:00 p.m. on AUD Stage

Russian war memory is central to how the contemporary Russian state under Vladimir Putin defines citizenship, promotes nationalism, legitimates militarism, and constructs gender hierarchies. For the most part, gendered aspects of war commemoration in Russia today uphold traditional gender roles and reinforce the preeminence of soldierly masculinity. War memory mobilizes both men and women not only to participate in wars but to defend the nation in peacetime and to raise the next generation of soldiers. This talk focuses primarily on the memory of the First and Second World Wars in Russia.

Presented by: Dr. Karen Petrone, University of Kentucky

Biography: Ph.D., Michigan, Professor and Department Chair- Gender and Women’s Studies History and Jewish Studies

Research Interests: Russian and Soviet history; gender history; cultural history; war and memory