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St. Xavier to host ‘Women of the Civil War’

Updated: November 7, 2013 6:11AM



St. Xavier University will host “Women of the Civil War,” by Jim Weren, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Butler Reception Room in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Weren, of Naperville, is a Civil War expert, portrait artist and storyteller, according to a news release from the school. Through a series of detailed pencil drawings, anecdotes and historical facts, Weren tells tales of the Civil War, featuring more than 50 women of the era who lived as soldiers, doctors, lawyers, freed slaves, nurses, teachers, spies, writers, abolitionists, artists, journalists, wives and mothers.

Weren said the mobilization for war sparked the transformation of gender and racial roles, and upset long-held customs and attitudes.

“On the home front, women assumed tasks left unattended by the men gone off to war,” Weren said. “For women who refused to stay home, their patriotism and spirit of adventure drew them to the battlefield alongside the men in the midst of bloody combat.”

Weren spent 40 years in the Chicago marketplace as an illustrator, art director and creative director and now is retired. He was selected as one of the “Best of the Best” performers by the Library Administrators’ Conference of Northern Illinois.

The event is sponsored by SXU’s Renaissance Academy. For more information, contact Kathleen Fassl at (773) 233-3770 or email kfkato@aol.com.

Staff report



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