By DANA BORICK
ary Sieminski said people have told her that "all my friends are 19th-century friends."
As project manager for the women's history initiative that is a cooperative community undertaking between Lycoming College, the James V. Brown Library and the Lycoming County Historical Society, Sieminski has a passion for the stories of Williamsport women.
These stories will become the basis for a new monthly feature that Sieminski will write for the Sunday Lifestyle section that highlights the lesser-known women of Lycoming County.
Sieminski said she has thousands upon thousands of hours of research throughout the five years she has been actively working on the project. The first part of the initiative focused on women who were influential during the years 1875-1925, but Sieminski said that timeframe has been expanded for this series to tell more stories.
"These stories intrigued me," Sieminski said. "This project is about the people who have emerged from looking at the primary sources."
Sieminski said little is known about many of these women because they were not public figures or married to wealthy lumber barons.
The first story, which appears today, focuses on Kate Ault Fribley Snyder, who joined the Freedman's Relief Association and went to Nashville, Tenn., where she taught in a school for the newly-freed slaves. She said other women she plans to highlight include Myrtle Miller Anderson, Margaret Hagan, Julia Collins and