Please join us in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge on Friday, Feb. 1, at noon for an event to celebrate the launch of the Emilie Davis Diaries website.
Largely forgotten for over a century-and-a-half, the diaries of Emilie Davis, a free-born African-American woman, have been rescued from obscurity by a team of Villanova University researchers just in time for the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Davis lived in Philadelphia, and her diaries tell the story of the Civil War as it was lived in that city. The website that was launched on January 1st is the result of a collaboration between Villanova University’s departments of history and communication, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), the Pennsylvania State University. Support from the project also came from Falvey Memorial Library, Africana Studies, and Villanova University Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL) grant. The research effort was directed by Villanova Associate Professor of History Professor Judith Giesberg.
Laptops will be available for viewing the site and light refreshments will be served as well!
This event, co-sponsored by the departments of history and communication, Falvey Memorial Library, VITAL, and Africana Studies, is free and open to the public.