Women’s War Work: Julia Thorns


In my job at the library I write a lot of stuff, but most of it doesn’t end up on this blog.

For example, here is an article I wrote for the NC Department of Natural and Cultural History blog during the centennial of World War I.

Julia Ann Thorns (1864-1939) was often described as a “Clubwoman,” and indeed she at one time served as President of the Asheboro Woman’s Club. But she was also a vigorous early proponent of environmental action, especially in forestry, and served as the first female president of the N.C. Forestry Association.

She was the aunt of my old friend Marion Stedman Covington, who first asked me to write about her many years ago.

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