Historical society presents living history program at local library

What could women do during the Civil War to show their patriotism? For many women, joining their local Soldiers’ Aid Society was the answer.

Find out at Anoka County’s Rum River Library Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

The Anoka County Historical Society will present a living history presentation to share what these determined women accomplished.

“As we pay special tribute to our veterans this month, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how families contributed to the armed services efforts in times of conflict,” said Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look.

The patriotic fervor that swept across the North when the first shots were fired in 1861 did not just affect the men who enlisted in droves — women were caught up in the excitement of supporting the cause as well.

Restricted by convention and society, the women soon created a way they could support the war effort in a new and highly organized system, the U.S. Sanitary Commission.

The root of this vast network of women was the Soldiers’ Aid Societies and nearly every community had one. “Take a trip back in time to learn more about local history,” said Anoka County Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain.

The Rum River Library is located at 4201 6th Ave., Anoka. This program is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. For more information, call 763-576-4695 or visit the website at anokacountylibrary.org.

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