On Saturday, January 21, the Riverton Area Book Club's book selection highlights the horrific practice of committing women to an insane asylum when they prove too "troublesome." Kate Moore, author of "The Radium Girls," tells the story of Elizabeth Packard in the book "The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear." This story hits close to home. Moore's investigation into this issue centers on the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane in Jacksonville under the direction of Dr. Andrew McFarland in 1860 and it is a blend of personal, historical, and scientific details. For those who want to learn more on this topic, Moore's book, published in 2021, provides an extensive list of references in the selected bibliography.
The book club will meet from 10-11 am in the community room of the Riverton Municipal Building. For questions or further information, please contact the Riverton Village Library at 217-629-6353. The library arranges for copies of the book through interlibrary loan.