Library Hosts “HerStory Unsanitized!” and “Women of Hamilton” Programs in Observance of Women’s History Month

Thursday, February 20, 2020

​Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) is hosting two programs to honor Women's History Month, in partnership with the Revisiting the Founding Era initiative. The goal is to promote conversation in public libraries and encourage understanding and appreciation of America's founding era and its enduring themes.

"HerStory Unsanitized!"
Explore the engrossing "taboo" subjects often omitted from history - menstruation, sex, birth control, childbirth, sickness and medicine. "HerStory Unsanitized!" presentations aren't about spinning wheels, quilting bees, bustles or butlers. Laugh, grimace and honor our foremothers for Women's History Month, presented by mother-daughter team, Ehrs Urban and Velya Jancz-Urban. Adults, 18+. Saturday, March 7, 2 - 4 p.m., at TCC/City Joint-Use Library. Registration required.

"Women of Hamilton"
In recent years, women have taken a much more active role in local and national level politics, but did you know that many women of America's founding era were influential in the direction of American politics?  Learn about the "Women of Hamilton" and their contemporaries in their own words, using letters from the Revisiting the Founding Era readings from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Grades 9 – 12, Adults 18+. Saturday, March 21, 2 – 4 p.m., at Central Library. Registration required.

These programs are part of Revisiting the Founding Era, a three-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Virginia Beach Library Foundation (VBLF) received a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute and ALA for VBPL to provide this programming about early American history. In addition to funding programs created by VBPL, the VBLF applies for grants from other organizations to participate in national programming initiatives.


 Ehrs Urban and Velya Jancz-Urban present "HerStory Unsanitized!"

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