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Wornall/Majors Institute: Session 3

September 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.

On the Margins: Unhappy Marriages of the Nineteenth Century
Alexander and Susan’s Majors marriage became strained in the 20 years preceding Alexander’s death. Living apart for many years, family infighting became the norm, but the two remained married. What were the options for divorce, separation, and estrangement in the nineteenth century? What happened when marriages were unhappy or fell apart?

Videos released September 1.


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