Commonwealth Speaker to Help Steamtown NHS Celebrate Women's History Month

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Date: February 19, 2008

Scranton, PA - Celebrating Women's History Month, Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, will partner with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council to host Commonwealth Speaker Josephine Dunn, Ph.D. Dr. Dunn will present "Alive to the Call: Women and History in Northeastern Pennsylvania" at the Steamtown Theater on Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. The presentation is included in the Park’s regular Entrance Fee.

Dr. Josephine Dunn, a Waverly, PA resident, is an Associate Professor at the University of Scranton. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Houston, majoring in Art History, and Painting and Drawing.  Although already an exhibiting and award-winning artist by the time she was a senior, she decided to build her career as an art historian. She joined the faculty of the University of Scrantonin 1988 where she founded the art and art history programs.

Since 1995, through research of women artists inNortheastern Pennsylvania, she has been studying women and history in this region, specifically women active from the 1880s forward in the counties ofLackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Bradford, and Susquehanna. Dr. Dunn is engaged in three research projects at present: The Life and Career of Cornelia Bryce Pinchot of Pike County; Louise Welles Murray of Bradford County; and the women of the Century Club of Scranton, 1911-35.  At the invitation of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, she recently authored biographies of approximately 65 northeastern Pennsylvania women for inclusion in the brochure, "Legendary Ladies Making History inPennsylvania: The Northeast Mountains Region."

Dr. Dunn's 50-minute lecture and slideshow is an introduction to the study of women’s history in northeastern Pennsylvania.  It surveys the lives and achievements of local women from six counties, and touches upon a variety of topics little studied by local scholars.  Some of these topics are suffrage, the Women's Club movement, social programs, education, health care, and art.  You will meet physicians, authors, artists, social reformers, conservationists, journalists and many others who, in spite of not having the vote until 1920, effected positive change in the history of our communities.

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, sponsored in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The PHC inspires people to come together to share a life of learning. Since 1973 the PHC has provided resources that empower local groups to help their communities explore history, literature, the arts, and the ideas that shape the human experience.

Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown National Historic Site is open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. thru March 29, 2008; regular Park hours, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., resume on March 30. From Interstate 81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); follow signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna Avenue and Cliff Street. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities, and weather related cancellations, may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200, toll free (888) 693-9391, or by visiting the Steamtown NHS website at

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