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Historian to discuss southern farmers at Wake Forest University


February 7, 2007

Historian Melissa Walker, author of “Southern Farmers and their Stories:  Meaning and Memory in Oral History,” will speak at Wake Forest University Feb. 19.

The free, public lecture will begin at 5 p.m. in room A-103 of Tribble Hall.

Walker is associate professor of history at Converse College and the author of numerous books, including “All We Knew Was to Farm:  Rural Women in the Upcountry South, 1919-1941.”  The Southern Association for Women Historians awarded the book the Willie Lee Rose Prize for the best book in Southern history authored by a woman.

Walker’s edited collection of oral histories, “Country Women Cope with Hard Times,” was published by University of South Carolina Press in 2004.  She also co-edited the book “Work, Family and Faith: Rural Southern Women in the Twentieth Century” with Rebecca Sharpless of Baylor University.

Walker served as the executive secretary of the Southern Association for Women Historians for five years and she is a member of the Executive Council of the Agricultural History Society.

Walker received the 2002 O’Herron Award for faculty excellence and the 2001 Kathryne Amelia Brown Award for outstanding teaching at Converse College.

The event is sponsored by the history department.  For information, call (336)-758-4270.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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