JOIN US FOR OUR MARCH PROGRAM
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time:
Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose
Meet the author, Paula Whitacre
March 13, 2018, 7 p.m.
Patrick Henry Library
101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna
Our guest speaker, author Paula Whitacre, found references to abolitionist Julia Wilbur at the Alexandria Historical Society a few years ago. Whitacre eventually uncovered more than 50 years of Julia’s letters and diaries that had been stored and donated by Julia’s descendants.
Based on primary sources, Whitacre’s book brings to life the captivating story of a 47-year-old woman who left her family’s farm in New York in 1862 and boarded a train to Washington, D. C. She spent most of the next several years in Alexandria, devising ways to aid recently escaped slaves and hospitalized Union soldiers.
Join us to hear more about the wide-ranging accomplishments of Julia Wilbur both during and after the Civil War. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
This free program is co-sponsored by the Patrick Henry Library.