More Than a Woman
March 30, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The discovery of a 17-pound gold nugget by Conrad Reed in 1799 is America’s first documented gold discovery. His discovery and his father John’s development of the mine are celebrated. Little notice is given to his mother, Sarah Kiser Reed, or other women during the gold rush period.
Reed Gold Mine will celebrate the role of Sarah Reed as an unsung hero in its history with a Saturday, March 30, 1 p.m., women’s history presentation. Although there are precious few documents about her, she helped change her family’s fortunes and the history of the mine. Reed’s life experiences can be extrapolated from the lives of other women of her time. The program will offer an overview of the lives of these women, with special attention to women working in the mines, including enslaved women, through a talk and tour.
Women today can connect with the various roles thrust upon women revealed in the tour. Regardless of class or ethnicity, women were second class to men. The “More than a Woman” program provides a different perspective on the Reed Gold Mine operations and the ways antebellum society could require women to perform beyond gender roles. This is an important Reed story along with that of the discovery of gold.
The cost is $2 for adults and children ages eight and older. Children ages seven and under are free.