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The Women’s Museum: Celebrating the Contributions of Women to History in Kentucky

By Rachel Taylor

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons: Bedford

Kentucky has a rich history, celebrated in the hundreds of museums across the Commonwealth. One museum in Bardstown, however, focuses specifically on the often overlooked contributions of women during one of the most important events in our nation’s history—the U.S. Civil War. As Women’s History Month draws to a close, you can learn about the daring women of the Civil War by visiting The Women’s Museum at the Civil War Museum of the Western Theater.

The Women’s Museum chronicles the achievements of women of all backgrounds, races, and creeds during the 1800s and Civil War, including those in science, medicine, nursing, writing, journalism, civil rights, suffrage, the arts, military service, and more! You can see clothing and artifacts from the era that help tell their story.

While the museum also features a broad range of other exhibits about the Western Theatre of the Civil War, they are unique in their portrayal of women as nurses, spies, soldiers in disguise, and factory workers. Their mission is to share the stories of these women who likely received little, if any recognition, during their lifetime so that future generations see that women are not just change-makers today, but have been for hundreds of years. The Women’s Museum is in the historic Wright Talbott House, adjacent to the main museum.

Located near Louisville KY, this museum is conveniently located and is open Monday – Sunday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.. Visit their website for more information and to plan your visit to learn more
about the women of the past who inspire the women of the future.

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