Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day
Sunday, October 21, 2007 Noon-5pm

Miller School, St. Rt. 155, Hemlock, Ohio (map)

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day celebrates the history, culture, and natural environment of the former Hocking Valley Coal Boom region, which once impacted the portions of four southeastern Ohio counties, and that today is the heart of the Wayne National Forest. Live music, speakers, a gymnasium full of exhibits, a quilt show, and outstanding homemade soups and pies await visitors. (Those that I know are female are in CAPS.)

  • Noon – Exhibit Hall & Food Stand opens
  • 12:10PM – Opening of Diamonds In The Rough: The Legacy of Coal Mining in Ohio’s Hill Country exhibit by Ray McKinnis, Bob Evans Homestead Museum
  • 12:20PM – Opening of Miners of the Little Cities Registry by CHERYL BLOSSER, Registry Director.
  • 12:30PMLiving History Characters John and Mary Holt, a miner and his wife from the Hocking Valley Coal Boom Era portrayed by Ken Bowald and KATHY DEVECKA.
  • 1:00PM – An hour long concert with the best of music from the 1970s by Rosemont Crossing.(1 female member)
  • 2:15PM – Three deserving area citizens will be awarded the annual Little Cities Spirit Award.
  • 2:30PM – The always uplifting concert from the children of the Millcreek Elementary Choir under the direction of CONNIE ALFMAN.
  • 3:00PM – The premiere of the hour long film documentary Devil’s Oven: The Fire in the heart of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds. Film producer VALDA LEWIS and narrator Bob Singleton will be present to introduce and discuss the film.
  • 4:15PM – A musical tribute to coal miners will be given by Athens musicians and Ohio University professors Rich Greenlee and Jack Wright.
  • 5PM – Event Concludes

Potluck: AAUW – Athens Branch

Potluck: AAUW – Athens Branch
80th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 6, 2007 11am – 12:30pm

Christ Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
69 Mill St, Athens, Ohio

Join the Athens Branch in celebrating its 80th anniversary! Since 1881 the American Association of University Women has been the nation’s leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls.

Contact: Mary Lee Powell 740-592-2227 mpowell7 -at- OR Lois Whealey 740-593-7668 lw182194 -at-

Women’s Studies Faculty & Grad Colloquium: Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer: A Discussion of “Hesiod’s Mortar”
Women’s Studies Colloquium for faculty and graduate students
Friday, October 5, 2007, 4-6 PM

Baker Center 233
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

download flyerDr. Ruth Palmer, Department of Classics and World Religion, will lead a discussion on “Hesiod’s Mortar.”

The Greek poet Hesiod lived and composed in the 8th century BCE. His poem “Works and Days” is known for its misogynistic account of Pandora, the first woman, and for his doctrine of self-sufficiency through farming. But because of his view of women as drones who do no work, there are odd gaps in Hesiod’s account of farm work. By comparing Hesiod’s account of farm life to the division of labor known from traditional Greek farming, and the views of women’s work in the Homeric epics, it is clear that despite his misogynistic message about women, he cannot eliminate all references to the women’s work which was integral to the wellbeing of the Greek household.

This is part of the Ohio University Women’s Studies Program Colloquium for faculty and graduate students.

To facilitate discussion, please request a copy of the paper from godby -at- or 740-593-4686.

Women @ OU Homecoming Parade 2007

Join us in celebrating Ohio University women!
This year’s Homecoming theme is “Bobcat Pride” and the parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2007.

The Herstory Committee wants university and community women and girls to come together, joining the parade to march and highlight Bobcat women’s successes.

We will especially honor women’s MAC championship sports teams because 2007 is the 35th anniversary year of Title IX, but we hope to also include classroom accomplishments, women’s community service, etc.

We invite you/your group to join us! It will be a fun opportunity to not only inform the large parade audience of your activities, but to meet other interested and interesting women of all ages.

Last year, the Herstory Committee got about 50 women “Back on the Bricks” to honor past and present women’s marches for equal rights, safe streets, etc. We had fun!

See some photos of us in last year’s parade and read The Post coverage “Women unite for women: Herstory group honors ‘foremothers’ who hit the bricks.”

The Herstory Committee is working to ensure that this year’s parade will again generate publicity about women’s important accomplishments and activities. Make a sign. Make a banner. Wear matching t-shirts.

And if you might be interested in joining us in the parade, please email me at daso -at- so we can keep you up to date on specific plans. AND PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO INVITE YOUR WOMEN FRIENDS!

Thank you. Judy Daso daso -at-

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments

The Women of Appalachia: Their Heritage and Accomplishments
Friday, October 19 & Saturday 20, 2007

Ohio University-Zanesville
1425 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio

Early Bird registration for the Women of Appalachia ends tomorrow, Friday, September 21!

9/21 is also the deadline for the Young Appalachian Women Writers Competition.

Women of Appalachia Conference includes sessions, entertainment, receptions, juried art exhibit, local Appalachian artisans and craftpersons showcase, and some meals. Details found at

Sessions include:
* Devil’s Oven: The Boom to Bust Era of the Hocking Valley Coal Mining Industry (Screening)
* A Fight against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining: Female Influence on Natural Resource Policy in Appalachia
* Mitigating health disparities among Ohio Appalachians
* Mountain Mamas, Sacrifice, and Class: Appalachian Motherhood in American Visual Culture
* Radical Mothers: Women’s Activism in the Paint Creek – Cabin Creek Strike of 1912
* Roads That Take You Into Your Own Country: Finding Home Through Poetry of Place
* Uses of Medicinal Plants in Appalachia (lotions, creams & soaps)

More:Women of Appalachia Conference celebrates history and tradition,” OUtlook, 3/29/2006

Contact: Office of Continuing Education, Ohio University-Zanesville, 1425 Newark Rd, Zanesville, Ohio 43701, 740-588-1401

OU Women’s History Time Line

Ohio University Women’s History Time Line

Thanks to Judy Daso, a tri-fold brochure is now available for download (and in hardcopy at the OU Women’s Center).

downloadDownload the illustrated version of the Ohio University Women’s Time Line, 1804-2007 (1.4 MB PDF)

Download the text version of the Ohio University Women’s Time Line, 1804-2007 (518k PDF)

View Web version

Calliope Feminist Choir

Calliope Feminist Choir
Open Rehearsals for New Members
Monday, September 10 & September 17, 2007, 6-8pm

Christ Lutheran Church
69 Mill St, Athens, Ohio

Coming into its thirteenth year, Calliope Feminist Choir announces 2 open rehearsals. Interested women singers are encouraged to attend.

Calliope Feminist Choir is a group of nearly forty women committed to sharing music that reflects feminist values and highlights the beauty of women s voices. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Nancy Pierce, Calliope performs music that honors and promotes justice, peace, equality, and right relationship with the earth. –UCM newsletter, April 2006