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Unheard Voices of Civil War Winchester From the Powell Family Papers

This program is co-sponsor by  Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.

Alison Herring will talk on the Powell family and the girl's school they ran on Braddock Street In Winchester.

About The Powells

The Powells operated a boarding school for girls in Winchester, VA that attracted the daughters of elite families across the state. They had a robust curriculum for their scholars and strove, to teach them to think, by directing their minds to the logical process by which scientific results are reached.

As a result of the Civil War, the Powells closed the school. Winchester became a dangerous place, and the family fled in the spring of 1862. With no income, and nowhere to go, they had to separate and endure that catastrophe on their own. The three daughters hired themselves out as teachers in homes across Virginia. Their letters record a complete account of life at the various homes where they lived and the events they witnessed.

Alison shared the following about herself:


I have a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.​ I have a Masters Degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.


I worked 16 years in Richmond, VA and Dallas, TX for a Big Four Public Accounting Firm as a Senior Manager in the Audit Practice where I led the financial statement audits and ICOFR audits of Fortune 500 clients. The clients I served were in a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, consumer markets, distribution, and manufacturing.


I am the former Chairman and current member of the Mason Accounting Programs Board at the College of William and Mary.​           I serve on the Walton College Accounting Advisory Board at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville




Saturday, February 2, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Handley Robinson Auditorium
Handley Library
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