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Tea celebrates powerful women of the 18th century

Eva Ekeblad was a Swedish agronomist, scientist, Salonist and noble. Her most known discovery was to make flour and alcohol out of potatoes. She was the first female member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


Fort Laurens will host its annual Let Them Eat Cake! fundraiser on Saturday, June 24 from 2-4 p.m. at Fort Laurens.
This year’s event focuses on powerful women of the 1700s including author Lady Mary Wortley (Great Britain), pirate Ching Shih (China), Princess Nana Asma’u (West Africa), Empress Marie Theresa (Germany) and scientist Eva Ekeblad (Sweden). 
“These women were the great nonconformists of their time,” said Megan Clevenger, assistant site director of Fort Laurens. “Consider Ching Shih, who is widely known as the most successful pirate in history of either gender, or Eva Ekeblad, whose advancements in food production and agricultural science reduced the frequency of famines in Sweden. All the women featured at this event overcame 18th-century prejudices to become leaders in their fields, from literature and politics to piracy and public health.” 
During the open-house-style program visitors will sample teas and desserts from each woman’s home nation. The museum will open for tours both before and after the event.
Visitors are encouraged to wear their best historical or modern attire to compete for a best-dressed award in either category. Attendees who make early reservations also will receive a royal title to use at the event. 
Guests are invited to bring their own teacups to use for samples; teacups also will be provided. 
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-874-2059 by June 16. Cost is $10 per person and includes the tasting experience and museum admission. 
Fort Laurens is located at 11067 Fort Laurens Road NW in Bolivar. 

Published: June 12, 2017
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