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The Kansas Industrial Farm for Women

Date and Time: March 7, 2020, 12:45 PM CT

Location: Whistle Stop Cafe, 901 6th St, Osawatomie
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Presented by Laura Phillippi

In 1917, the Kansas Industrial Farm for Women was established in Lansing, Kansas, to house women found in violation of new quarantine laws intended to prevent the spread of venereal diseases. As male troops enlisted for World War I, large numbers were found to have syphilis and gonorrhea. It was a public health crisis. To counter this, five-mile "morality zones" were established around Kansas military installations to keep soldiers away from "lewd" women. The women who were arrested, incarcerated, and kept until the prison officials felt otherwise, were taught to grow crops, raise chickens, sew, and cook. This presentation explores life on this unusual farm and the women who lived there.

Sponsored by: Marais des Cygnes Chapter DAR

For more information about this event, please contact:
Ann Benton
(913) 377-2013


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