19th-century female trailblazer to come alive

‘History on Tap’ to put women’s rights champion Ann Preston in spotlight

Laurie Rofini, director of Chester County Archives and Records Services, will lead a “History on Tap” program on Ann Preston, a 19th-century pioneer, on March 18.

Laurie Rofini, director of Chester County Archives and Records Services, will lead a “History on Tap” program on Ann Preston, a 19th-century pioneer, on March 18.

A 19th-century pioneer of women’s rights and female medical education will come to life at a West Chester restaurant on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m., courtesy of the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS).

CCHS’s “History on Tap” series, which brings history to the casual atmosphere of area bars and restaurants, will present a program on Ann Preston (1813-1872) at

Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House in West Chester. CCHS staff member and Director of Chester County Archives and Records Services Laurie Rofini will explore Preston’s life as an abolitionist, a fierce advocate for women’s rights and temperance, a published author, and one of the first American women to receive a medical degree.

The program is free, and food and drink will be available for purchase. “History on Tap” is sponsored by Susquehanna Bank and WCHE 1520AM, with a portable sound system courtesy of Colleen and Basel Frens, and in partnership with the 1893s (Chester County Historical Society Young Friends Association.

Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House is located at 117 E. Gay St., West Chester, 19380. For more information, visit http://www.docmagrogans.com.

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