The Birmingham Branch of the American Association of University Women celebrated Women’s History Month at The Club on March 9.
The featured speaker for the event was Susan Reynolds, associate editor of Alabama Heritage magazine. Her topic was “Augusta Evans Wilson: Writer, Rebel and Family Woman.”
Wilson and Julia Tutwiler are the only two women in the Alabama Hall of Fame.
Wilson’s 19th century novel “St. Elmo” ranked just behind “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in popularity and had more than one million readers within the first four months of its publication.
Wilson wrote eight novels which were financially successful and enabled her to support her family and a hospital in Mobile.
Presiding at the meeting was Barbara Piper, Birmingham Branch president, who thanked Barbara Patterson, vice president, for her floral arrangements and pictures of famous American women.
Attending the luncheon were Jimmie Anderson, Donna Antoon, Dot Baker, Suzanne Baker, Claudette, Bearden, Celina Costa, Judy Deegan, Ilse Diasio, Mary Frances Forbes-Reed and Judith Hand.
Others gathered to celebrate Women’s History Month at the program were Gene Hiller, Jennifer Kersh, Myrl Kirstein, Diane Marks, Jane McGahee, Frances Medford, Helen Miller, Cathy Moncrief, Susan Norman, Aggie Pollock, Bob Piper, Aubrey Ross, Gloria Smith, Jeaninne Spann, Rowena Talbot, Marian Webber, Katherine Whitfield and Nancy Whitt.