For Women’s History Month –

Tribulation Periwinkle: Civil War Nurse

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While serving as a nurse during the Civil War, Louisa May Alcott wrote letters to her family describing her experiences. At the urging of friends, she fictionalized them for publishing.  Initially the stories were printed in a Boston magazine. Later the entire collection became available in book form entitled Hospital Sketches.  As part of the Mansion’s continued devotion to women’s history, a live performance of one of Alcott’s Civil War nursing stories as interpreted by Josh Hitchens is presented in the parlor.  Christina Higgins portrays the nurse in a one-woman performance. Ms. Higgins brought Jo March to life in the Mansion’s critically acclaimed production of Alcott’s Little Women.

Preceding the Saturday and Sunday performances, Dr. Patricia D’Antonio, Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Barbara Bates Center for Nursing gives an account of nursing practices in the 19th century.  Dr. D’Antonio is the editor of the Nursing History Review, the official journal of the American Association for the History of Nursing. She is a Penn Fellow in recognition of her leadership in scholarship and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. D’Antonio authored three books each of which received the book of the year award from the American Journal of Nursing.

Before Friday’s play, the Mansion’s Creative Director, Josh Hitchens, talks about Alcott’s Hospital Sketches and Civil War era nursing practices.

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $30, Member cost: $25 Reservations required. CLICK HERE to make reservations online or call 215-438-1861