History at Home: Carry Nation, A Woman of Substance

Event Type: Library Event
Date: 3/21/2019
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
 She was born Caroline Amelia Moore in 1846 and lived a lifetime of struggle before the world knew her as hatchet-toting temperance radical Carry Nation. The fascinating and largely unknown story, “Carry Nation: A Woman of Substance,” will be told at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21. The History at Home program – a celebration of Women’s History Month sponsored by Soroptimist International of Fond du Lac – is free; no registration required. Refreshments will be served by club members.

Local historian Tracy Reinhardt will share the forces that formed Carry Nation into the woman she became. Her presentation will detail Nation’s early life and what formed her ideas and determination: born to a slave-owning family on a Kentucky farm, her family surviving a murderous raid and her two failed marriages – the first to an alcoholic that lasted five months, the second to a man 19 years her senior who couldn’t make a living. Nation learned to fend for herself.

Reinhardt will follow the trail of Nation’s life, what brought her to her radical anti-alcohol ways and, eventually, a stop in Fond du Lac.
Reinhardt, a frequent History at Home presenter, was born and raised in Fond du Lac County and has been collecting stories of family and early Fond du Lac history for more than 40 years. She is library director/archivist for the Fond du Lac County Historical Society.

History at Home focuses on stories about the area's past every third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. (no program in December). The programs are free; no registration required. Many History at Home programs are captured on video and shared on the library's YouTube channel. That link can be found at

Location: Eugene G. McLane Meeting Room