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"Tenth Civil War Ladies Forum, " Rhonda Florian, Marion Martin, Charen Fink

Date: 
Oct 29 2019 - 6:00pm

The tenth Civil War Ladies’ Forum for WOMEN ONLY is returning with three different programs on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

Returning is Rhonda Florian, of Leland, NC, presenting “From Natchez to New York: The Former Confederate First Lady in the World of Journalism.” Who was Varina Davis? Why, the wife of Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, of course.

But Varina was far more than that. The death of Jefferson Davis was the opening of Varina’s Act II.

Follow the Confederate First Lady into the exciting world of journalism.  Join her in breaking the glass ceiling. Salute her as she applies a healing balm to the wounds of a torn nation…all while making a life for herself and her daughter.

Take an unforgettable journey with the Confederate First Lady…to New York City!                                              *****

Marion Martin, a resident of Southport, NC for 45 plus years, was born and grew up in Ellerbee, N.C. She has worked in and managed several local restaurants, is a professional seamstress and is known for her crafts and homemade jams, jellies and preserves. She has had a lifelong interest in the Civil War and widely read on the subject. Her great-great grandfather served with a N.C. regiment and states that at times she feels so connected that she may have lived during that period in our history.

Marion will present a program on the making of Civil War era quilts using period patterns and reproduction fabric. She will display lap quilts, some of which will be available for sale, and full-size quilts. The art of making these quilts will be discussed in detail.

Marion Martin, a resident of Southport, NC for 45 plus years, was born and grew up in Ellerbee, N.C. She has worked in and managed several local restaurants, is a professional seamstress and is known for her crafts and homemade jams, jellies and preserves. She has had a lifelong interest in the Civil War and widely read on the subject. Her great-great grandfather served with a N.C. regiment and states that at times she feels so connected that she may have lived during that period in our history.

Marion will present a program on the making of Civil War era quilts using period patterns and reproduction fabric. She will display lap quilts, some of which will be available for sale, and full-size quilts. The art of making these quilts will be discussed in detail.

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Completing the program will be chairperson for the Forum and one of the two Vice Presidents of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table, Charen Fink. Charen, also a resident of Southport, will be presenting on the topic of Mary Lincoln. 

There are so many misconceptions and myths surrounding the life of the wife of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. While many slanderous statements will be dispelled, but the numerous acts of kindness will also be brought out.

Books and articles claim Mary was vengeful, moody and unkind to her husband. In addition, there is the long-held belief that Lincoln pined for the love of another. woman, an unrequited love for her above Mary. Another false statement, who was responsible for all the negative and hate for the First Lady and Lincoln himself?

Finally, there is the question of Mary’s sanity, was she really mentally ill? We will explore that as well. Part of the presentation will be in first person.

The Forum will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church’s Murrow Hall on Nash St. in Southport, NC.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and the program begins promptly at 6 pm ending at 8 pm.

 

Round Table members are free while the guest fee is $5.00. In addition to the featured speakers there will be period-made refreshments and door prizes.

For reservations please call Charen Fink at 330-507-2773 or email at dcftandm@hotmail.com  This ensures we have plenty of food.