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Several local non-profit organizations plan events this month celebrating Women’s History Month. All are free, and all are different, offering the public plenty of opportunity to celebrate franklin County’s history-making women.

Chambersburg Council for the Arts

The Chambersburg Council for the Arts hosts an afternoon of poetry Sunday celebrating powerful women. It takes place at the Council’s new digs at the corner of Main and King Street.

Sarah Taylor-Foltz
Sarah Taylor-Foltz

Wilson College MFA candidate and published poet Sarah Taylor-Foltz reads poetry from her creative thesis project titled “Darning Arachne’s Stockings.”

This collection celebrates mythical and earthly women whose powerful stories bring us together. Afterward, audience members will be encouraged to write an ode to a powerful woman whose legacy has been important to them.

The free event runs from 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday at the Council for the Arts new center at 103 N. Main Street, across from Coyle Free Library.

Brussels Cafe will provide coffee for the event.

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Franklin County Visitors Bureau

Several other events celebrate Women’s History Month, including a combined diversity exhibit at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau on the Square in downtown Chambersburg.

Women’s History Month

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau is hosting the Beauty of Diversity this month in recognition of Black History and Women’s History Month in February and March,

FCVB is showcasing the faces of residents that make up the community of Franklin County as America moves toward fulfilling its description of a melting pot of people.

Fueled by regional artist-photographer Phillip Michael Whitley, the exhibit offers nearly three dozen faces that highlight the county’s evolving culture. The words of Mahatma Gandhi bring together the spirit of the exhibit: “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”

Whitely is an apt partner for the “Beauty of Diversity” exhibit, using his camera to make the world a more beautiful place one camera snap at a time.

The Beauty of Diversity is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will also be highlighted at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s 2020 Women’s History event, “Women’s Voices: “I Am…We Are” on Saturday, March 21, at 1 PM.

Coyle Free Library

Whitely is also fueling a local exhibit at Coyle Free Library, “Franklin County’s Female Firsts.”

The project is a partnership with local genealogist Pam Anderson, who wrote bios for the women featured in the exhibit. It offers a sampling of “first females” in Franklin County.

It is a fundraiser for the Franklin County Library System and Go Girls Go—an initiative of Healthy Community Partnership.

Whitley’s additional community exhibits include “Black Girl Magic” and a celebration of individuals with Down’s Syndrome.

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