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Bringing Local History to Life: The Soldiers’ Aid Society at Rum River Library

Date: Nov 10th, 2012

hat could women do during the Civil War to show their patriotism?   For many women, joining their local Soldiers’ Aid Society was the answer.  What was the Soldiers’ Aid Society?  Find out at Rum River Library on Saturday, November 10th at 2:00 pm. The Anoka County Historical Society will present The Soldiers’ Aid Society, a living history presentation to share what these determined women accomplished. 

"As we pay special tribute to our Veterans this month, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how families contributed to the armed services efforts in times of conflict," said Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look.

The patriotic fervor that swept across the North when the first shots were fired in 1861 did not just affect the men who enlisted in droves—women were caught up in the excitement of supporting the cause as well.  Restricted by convention and society, the ladies soon created a way they could support the war effort in a new and highly organized system, the U.S. Sanitary Commission.  The root of this vast network of women was the Soldiers’ Aid Societies and nearly every community had one. 

“Take a trip back in time to learn more about local history,” said Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain.  “Hear fascinating stories about these remarkable women who worked for their local Soldiers’ Aid Society.”

The Rum River Library is located at 4201 6th Avenue in Anoka.  This program is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.  The program is a presented by the Anoka County Historical Society, sponsored by the Anoka County Library, and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

For more information about this and other library programs, call 763-576-4695.