WOMEN OF THEIR TIME
Coming To America : Ellis Island
– In the best of times, being processed through Ellis Island was a
difficult procedure. This program highlights one woman’s journey
through the process of leaving her homeland and immigrating to America
in the early 1900s. We learn of her hopes, her dreams, and then her
fears when she finds a complication she hadn’t expected.
Ordinary Woman - This
dramatic presentation introduces you to an early 1900s schoolmarm. She
has spent the latter part of the 1890s maintaining a "teacher's
respectability" within her community. As the new century begins, she
looks at where she has been and accepts the challenge of becoming a
teacher in a "larger" classroom. The woman in the drama is fictional,
but the general outline of the script was taken from the diary of a
former school teacher who lived in the 1860s. She talks about her
classroom, her career opportunities and marriage.
A Forgotten Woman: Frances Willard – In 1898, Frances was so well-known that
30,000 people came to her funeral, but now few people know her name. A
resident of Evanston, IL, she spent her early years as a teacher,
eventually becoming president of Northwestern’s Women’s College. She
was a wonderful speaker, and maintained her presidency of the Women’s
Christian Temperance Union for twenty years.
Laura Ingalls Wilder - A Young Girl Forever. This is a two-part dramatic presentation featuring the adult Laura and her daughter Rose. Laura Ingalls, the child we all came to know and love through a 1980s television program, was actully 65 years old when her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, was published. She had been away from the prairie for over thirty years, when her daughter, Rose, a newspaper journalist, suggested that her mother write about her life growing up on the prairie. At first, Laura was hesitant, but her daughter prevailed. Laura was soon on her way to writing a series of ten books before her death at the age of 90. This program introduces you to the mature Laura, her thoughts about the prairie, her life with her husband, Almanzo, and her feelings about becoming an author so late in life.