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Published: Thursday, 4/3/2014 - Updated: 5 months ago

AROUND TOWN

Civil War heroine tells her story

BY BARBARA HENDEL
BLADE SOCIETY EDITOR

Peggy and Steve Pollick, retired Blade outdoors editor, seated, get ‘prescriptions’ filled by Mary Edwards Walker, portrayed by Sheila Otto. Peggy and Steve Pollick, retired Blade outdoors editor, seated, get ‘prescriptions’ filled by Mary Edwards Walker, portrayed by Sheila Otto.
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Activist and Civil War heroine Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, via storyteller Sheila Otto, returned to Toledo for the first time since 1893. She was at Sweet Shalom Tea Room in Sylvania on March 15, 28, and 30 to present her Freedom, Fashion, and Feminism talk.

Dr. Walker, the only woman to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor, was the first woman contract surgeon in the Army. After serving with the 52nd Ohio Regiment as a physician and prisoner of war, she became devoted to the suffrage, abolition, and temperance movements.

She believed that women's freedom began with "freedom from constrictive corsets and unsanitary hoop skirts," and she became president of the dress reform movement.

Enjoying the afternoon of tea and foods named for famous women using recipes from The Woman's Suffrage Cookbook were Steve and Peggy Pollick and Steve Serchuk and wife Nancy Delikat.

Contact Blade Society Writer Barbara Hendel at 419-724-6124 or at bhendel@theblade.com



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