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River Edge NJ, Bergen County Historical Society Lecture Series: The Ladies of Trenton: Women’s Political and Public Activism in Revolutionary New Jersey Featuring educator Catherine Hudak
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ
The American Revolution brings to mind men serving in the Continental Army, men signing the Declaration of Independence and men casting and ringing the Liberty Bell, but what about women?
Catherine Hudak will speak on one group of these very important Revolutionary women called “the Ladies of Trenton,” who were a group of elite New Jersey women who refashioned gender roles for women during the early national period. The Ladies of Trenton entered male-dominated spaces of politics and print culture by organizing a fundraising campaign to assist the Continental Army and a public tribute honoring newly-elected President Washington. Hudak’s presentation is filled with primary source documents that demonstrate the active public roles of women during this critical period of nation building in the United States.
Using the Ladies of Trenton as a case study, Hudak’s work examines the extent and forms of women’s public and political activism in the early national period. An analysis of the Ladies of Trenton’s efforts demonstrates the pivotal roles women played in the formation of the vibrant political culture that emerged in late eighteenth century America. These elite, N.J. women had access to rich worlds of social and educational refinement coupled with strong political connections. The Ladies of Trenton used their literacy skills, knowledge of the patriot cause, and high social standings to captivate the nation as they entered male-dominated spaces of politics and print culture.
Catherine Hudak is an educator in Morris County, N.J. In 2001, she earned an undergraduate degree in Special Education from Bloomsburg University, PA. She completed her master’s degree in history from William Paterson University in 2007, where she discovered the Ladies of Trenton. Since then she has been dedicated to furthering her research and sharing the powerful story of these women throughout the state to ensure their position in N.J. and U.S. history.
The lecture takes place in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ. Please join us for refreshments at the conclusion. No charge.