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Honoring Courageous Women | Pamelia Fergus – CANCELED

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Select Saturdays in March, Gateway Arch National Park hosts special programs that spotlight 18th-, 19th– and 20th-century women of Missouri and the West in honor of Women’s History Month. These family-based programs will take place in the Education Classroom located on the lower level of the Gateway Arch Visitor Center, and are free and open to all ages.

On Saturday, March 7, Gateway Arch National Park will spotlight Pamelia Dillin Fergus of Illinois who met and married Scottish immigrant-turned-American-citizen James Fergus, a self-made, self-taught and ambitious husband. He was often gone trying to find ways to get rich, leaving behind his growing family. He and Pamelia wrote to each other. Many of their letters survived and paint a picture of a man who demanded Pamelia take on more and more responsibilities, which she resisted. Park Ranger Kathy Bommarito explores their complex relationship.