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Lecture: Dr. Mary E. Walker



When
Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

Where
National Medal of Honor Heritage Center

     The National Medal of Honor Heritage Center presents a lecture on our very own Dr. Mary Edwards Walker! Joining us from Dr. Walker’s hometown in New York is special guest, and Oswego Town historian, George DeMass to explore the life and times of this incredible activist, recipient, and surgeon.

     This lecture is FREE and will be held from 5:30pm – 7pm on Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, at the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

     Born in Oswego, NY in 1832 to progressive parents, Mary was encouraged to define her own path in life from a young age. By the time the Civil War began, Mary had graduated with her medical degree and was practicing medicine. Dr. Walker immediately volunteered her services as a surgeon to the U.S. Army at the outbreak of the Civil War, but was rejected solely on the grounds that she was a woman. Dr. Walker was persistent however and, when finally allowed to contract as a surgeon, she served for nearly the entire war. She fought for many causes during her lifetime including abolition, women’s rights, prohibition, dress reform, and even fought to keep her Medal of Honor when the federal government tried to rescind it. Join us for this special lecture to learn more about this incredible American and her inspiring life!

 

George DeMass

     George R. DeMass, Oswego Town Historian, was born and raised in the town about two miles from Dr, Mary Walker’s home on Bunker Hill. He is an ordained Presbyterian Church USA minister now retired and served churches in Buffalo NY and Baltimore Md. He was first appointed Town Historian in 1960 when in high school and then again fifty years later when retired. George has served with the Childrens Friendship Project for N. Ireland for twenty years and helped begin the Dakota/Baltimore Presbytery Partnership on Lakota reservations in South Dakota and Montana. He speaks frequently about the visionary and reformer Dr Walker.

 

 

Want to learn more about Dr. Walker after the lecture?

 

Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War: One Woman’s Journey to the Medal of Honor and the Fight for Women’s Rights is available for purchase in our gift shop!

 

“I will always be somebody.”

This assertion, a startling one from a nineteenth-century woman, drove the life of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, the only American woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor. President Andrew Johnson issued the award in 1865 in recognition of the incomparable medical service Walker rendered during the Civil War. Yet few people today know anything about the woman so well-known–even notorious–in her own lifetime. Theresa Kaminski shares a different way of looking at the Civil War, through the eyes of a woman confident she could make a contribution equal to that of any man. She takes readers into the political cauldron of the nation’s capital in wartime, where Walker was a familiar if notorious figure. Mary Walker’s relentless pursuit of gender and racial equality is key to understanding her commitment to a Union victory in the Civil War. Her role in the women’s suffrage movement became controversial and the US Army stripped Walker of her medal, only to have the medal reinstated posthumously in 1977.

Lecture: Dr. Mary E. Walker

Where
National Medal of Honor Heritage Center

When
Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

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