*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
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
“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.