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The Lady Was a Doctor: Fort Worth Medical School, 1894-1918

March 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, we welcome local historian Ruth Hosey Karbach to discuss the trailblazing women who studied and practiced medicine Fort Worth in late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  Opened in 1894, the Fort Worth Medical School, once a part of Texas Christian University, admitted women from its inception.  Over its twenty-four year history, ten female students received degrees including Frances Daisy Emery Allen, M. D. who was the first woman to graduate from any Texas medical school (1897) and worked in Fort Worth.  Karbach will examine the personal and professional lives of these unconventional women who forged roles in public education, politics, community organizations, and medical societies.

Ruth Hosey Karbach is an independent scholar living in Fort Worth.  A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, she pursued further studies at Sam Houston State University.  Karbach supervised an oral history project for a university archives, served as curator of a historic house museum, and was associated with the National Cowgirl Museum.  She contributed chapters to the Grace & Gumption: Stories of Fort Worth Women series, Celebrating 150 Years: A Pictorial History of Fort Worth, and Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives.

Admission is free and street parking is plentiful!


March 2
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Fort Worth Public Library
500 W 3rd St
Fort Worth, TX 76102 United States
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