The Yachats Academy of Arts & Sciences is proud to present Debbie Shattuck, the foremost authority on 19th century women’s baseball players, who will speak at the Yachats Commons The title of her slide presentation will be “Bloomer Girls! Women Baseball Pioneers.”
Ms. Shattuck will show a number of archived photos and historic drawings of the women and their teams that engaged in the “manly pastime,” and she’ll discuss how changes in America, such as industrialization and immigration, influenced attitudes toward these women. In addition to discussing women baseball teams of the 1800s, Ms. Shattuck will describe extensive research she has conducted on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which existed from 1943 through 1954. This league was featured in the movie, A League of Their Own.
Ms. Shattuck received her M.S. degree in history from Brown University, and at present she is a Ph.D. Candidate in history at the University of Iowa. The title of her talk in Yachats is also the title of her doctoral dissertation and the title of the book she is writing (to be published by the University of Illinois Press). Currently she is Assistant Professor of History at John Witherspoon College in Rapid City, South Dakota.
A retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, Ms. Shattuck taught world history, American history and military history at the Air Force Academy between 1987-1991. She also created the school's first Sport History course. In addition, she was an advisor to Ken Burns for his 1994 Emmy Award-winning documentary, Baseball, supplying the information on women players.
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