7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Come celebrate Women's History month with Pulitzer Prize-winning, Harvard Historian, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. The CCA Christensen painting on the cover of Dr. Ulrich's latest book, A HOUSE FULL OF FEMALES portrays a group of women weighing a new born baby. The father of the child stands in the doorway, but the activities of the women dominate the canvas as they surely did throughout the world in times past. In childbirth, in illness, and in domestic production, women were often found "huddling together." Dr. Ulrich's lecture will consider the relationship between informal gatherings like these and the more formal organizations and ritual practices that developed in Nauvoo and in early Utah. Female leaders not only had to struggle with the concerns of male leaders who worried about challenges to their authority but with cultural practices among women who favored informal sociability over formalized structures.