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Six hundred women fought in the Civil War disguised as men. There were female soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and they fought for most of the same reasons that men fought--and for the most of the same reasons that women and men enlist in the military now. They believed in a cause. They wanted to leave a bad situation at home. They wanted to prove themselves. They wanted to help their families economically. Once they were in the military the women had much the same experiences as men, complicated by keeping their secret.

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On Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m., Dr. Joyce Thierer will perform "Fighting Beside My Brother," a moving first-person narrative she has written that is based on five of these women. Joyce Thierer and Ann Birney are members of "Ride Into History," a Kansas-based historical performing touring troupe, currently in Perham to direct a five-day narrative history workshop at the ITOW Veterans Museum. Participants in the workshop will present their own performance, based on local historical characters, on Saturday, July 9. Stay tuned for further details.

This event is free and open to the public. Call (218) 346-7678 for further information. The ITOW Veterans Museum is at 805 West Main, Perham.

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