Although born and raised in New Jersey, Ellen has made the South her home for over 20 years. Her study of women's roles began when she stumbled upon the autobiography of Belle Boyd, a Confederate spy, at a junk sale. Between the pages were stuffed several newspaper articles referring to Miss Boyd in the present tense! Now with many women’s stories to be told, her greatest satisfaction is bringing the story of these women to life. Currently, she is compiling an Honor Roll of women of 1860-1880 who have been forgotten to history. So far, just over 900 ladies and their involvement in the War Between the States has been recorded.
“I love to do presentations to organizations and schools where I bring to life the women who have been great inspirations; the forgotten heroines upon whose shoulders our heritage has been built.”
Ellen makes all of Miss Ellie's costuming. "Creating these ensembles is half of my enjoyment of this business! Each outfit is a work of art as well as authentic. I get my ideas from actual publications of the 1800's."
A former teacher and public library manager, Ellen is now pursuing her Master's Degree in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Ellen M. Lewis
32 Serenity Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72205
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