*Hays, KS – *The Hays Public Library in Hays, KS will host “Women Soldiers

of the Civil War,” a presentation and discussion by Diane Eickhoff on

Saturday, March 25 at 1 PM in the Schmidt Gallery. Members of the community

are invited to attend the free program. Contact the Hays Public Library at

785-625-9014 for more information. The program is made possible by the

Kansas Humanities Council.

During the Civil War, hundreds of women cut their hair and donned men’s

clothing to report for duty to Union and Confederate Army recruiters.

Others served as scouts and spies or rode with their husbands and brothers

in service. The presentation will explore how and why a fascinating group

of women defied cultural norms to become soldiers, especially during a time

when there was great emphasis on women’s and men’s separate roles in

society.

Diane Eickhoff is an independent historian, writer, and editor of education

materials. Her most recent historical biography, *Clarina Nichols: Frontier

Crusader for Women’s Rights,* is published by Quindaro Press.

“This program evolved out of a single slide that often brought an earlier

Speakers Bureau talk of mine to a standstill,” said Eickhoff. “People are

as fascinated as I was to learn how so many women were able to disguise

themselves as men — and to learn about their different motives for entering

the battlefield.”

“Women Soldiers of the Civil War” is part of the Kansas Humanities

Council’s *Kansas Stories *Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and

discussions that examine our shared human experience—our innovations,

culture, heritage, and conflicts.