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Elizabeth Packard: The Women Who Would Not Be Silenced

March 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Please join us and Laura Keyes of Historic Voices, as she portrays Elizabeth Packard, for this informative and inspiring presentation on March 23rd at 11am for The Woman Who Would Not Be Silenced. Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard was committed to the Illinois State Hospital (the state mental asylum) in 1860, and was kept under lock and key for three years, all the while protesting her sanity. While her husband, Theophilus, insisted to everyone – Elizabeth’s children, extended family, neighbors, friends, and the asylum employees – that she was, in fact, insane, Elizabeth was able to obtain her release. But her battle did not stop there. Conscious of the fact that the current law allowed married women to be placed in asylums by their husbands without the benefit of a formal trial or medical examination, Elizabeth started a campaign to change that unjust law. Hear from Elizabeth Packard in April 1864, while the Civil War rages around the nation, and her private war is raging in her soul. To register for this free event please call 309-647-0328.


March 23
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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