Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


Nov. 8, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University graduate student Vicki Tongate will discuss the rare Civil War diary of Lucy P. Stevens at a public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Texana Room of the DeGolyer Library, 6404 Hilltop Lane.

“The Lucy P. Stevens Civil War Diary: Transcending Conflict and Chaos” will explore the effects of the Civil War on an Ohio woman who came to visit relatives in Texas in 1863 and could not return home for six years because war broke out. Stevens’ diary chronicles her life during that turbulent time in American history.

Tongate, an honor graduate and master’s degree candidate, is editing and annotating the two-volume diary for publication.

The diary was recently purchased by SMU’s DeGolyer Library. SMU’s Colophon/ Friends of the SMU Libraries, DeGolyer Library Archives of Women of the Southwest and the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies are sponsoring the lecture, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the program.

Parking is available at the parking garage at Airline and Daniel.

For more information, contact Judy Searles, director of the Friends of the SMU Libraries, at 214 768-3225.