A visitor from the past, Charlotte O. Clark Van Cleve, the daughter of an Army officer who was with the first group of soldiers sent to establish Fort Snelling, stopped by the Coon Rapids Senior Center March 22.
Van Cleve’s visit (portrayed by Bobbie Scott of the Minnesota Historical Society at Fort Snelling) marked Women’s History Month and she entertained the women with tales of her life as a military wife, mother of 12 and prominent community figure who took up women’s rights and helped to establish the Bethany Home, “a home for fallen women.”
After the presentation, the women were treated to a special white linen tea, prepared by Ann and Floyd Kusie.
Some 75 women attended the event.
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