On Wednesday, July 14, Lees-McRae College’s prize-winning historian will present a reader’s theater glimpse at the lives of Appalachian women. Dr. Allen Speer, together with his wife, Janet Speer of the College’s performing arts program, will highlight women who overcame obstacles in life and persevered in difficult times. His presentation, Courageous Women will take place beginning at 7 p.m. in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library at Lees-McRae as part of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia Lecture Series.
Based on the three volumes of his survey of his family heritage, the Voices from Cemetery Hill trilogy, his program will draw from each book. Speer’s trilogy has won a total of eight awards, including the prestigious American Association for State and Local History Award. His final volume before publication had received the Robert Bruce Cooke Award for an unpublished manuscript.
“Allen Speer’s Voices from Cemetery Hill trilogy presents a unique look at our mountain culture from before the Civil War to the present, showing how the threads from the past form an important part of the cloth of today,” said Dr. Michael Joslin, director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College. “We are proud to host his program on this significant body of work and invite everyone to share his vision of the lives of strong Appalachian women.”
Speer’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Stafford Room of the Carson Library of Lees-McRae College. The event is open to the public and free of charge. For information contact Meghan Wright at 898-8729.