Wornall/Majors Institute: Session 2

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Wornall/Majors Institute: Session 2

August 1, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Nineteenth century America was a time of immense innovation and profound change. While reformers began making great strides in social services and perceptions of underserved populations, institutional change was slow, and marginalized people were often hidden and sometimes sensationalized. Even wealthy families like Alexander Majors’ were not exempt from social mores of the time. Through the fascinating life story of Majors, his second wife Susan, and his many children, we explore some of these largely forgotten communities of people.

Join us for a self-paced online educational experience exploring three topics: Mental Health in the Nineteenth Century, Work Houses and Poor Houses in the Nineteenth Century, and Unhappy Marriages in the Nineteenth Century. Each month, you will be provided with links to short educational YouTube videos as well as additional learning challenges. Complete at least 3 challenges in all three topics to receive a “graduation” prize at the end of the series! Topics will be released on the first day of July, August, and September, and you will have until Friday, September 30 to complete your challenges.

This is a free educational series, but we humbly request a donation of $5 per session from those who are able to give. Your donation lets us continue to keep programs free for all.

Session 2: Work Houses and Poor Houses in the Nineteenth Century
Newspapers across the country breathlessly reported that Alexander Majors’ wife and daughter had petitioned the court to live in the Jackson County Poorhouse. But what were poorhouses like in the nineteenth century? What did they look like? How did they work? And how did the family of the co-founder of the Pony Express end up there?

Videos released August 1


August 1, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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