Press Release              Event Date:  July 11, 2016


For further information contact Mary Chrastil, 260-982-0672; or



Civil War Spy at NM Historical Society


On Monday, July 11, the North Manchester Historical Society is pleased to host actor and storyteller Carol Knarr Gebert who will perform as Emma Edmonds, who dressed as Frank Thompson to serve in the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry as Field Nurse and Union spy.  The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Center, 2201 East Street, at 6:40 p.m.  There is no cost for the program.  The program is suitable for children as well as adults.


The presentation of Emma Edmonds is told first person through the eyes of a young Canadian woman who dressed as a man to fight and serve as a field nurse and spy during the Civil War.  All information is based upon the writings of Sarah Emma Edmonds found in her book Soldier, Nurse, and Spy, first published in 1865. 


Carol Knarr Gebert is the theatre and speech instructor for Jay County High School in Indiana.  She teaches dual credit speech and theatre courses through Ivy Tech and spends her summer teaching for Arts in the Parks in Indiana and Ohio. 


Carol began telling stories professionally in 2000 when teaching for South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute and Arizona State University.  She has traveled as a storyteller to schools in Anshan, China, and as a sacred storyteller to Israel in 2012 and 2013.  She holds degrees in elementary education, secondary education, storytelling, and theatre for young audiences, and has been a featured storyteller and emcee at storytelling festivals in Arizona.


Contact the North Manchester Center for History at 260-982-0672, for more information.



Photographs of Sarah Emma Edmonson (Emma Edmonds) from the Carol Knarr Gebert website; permission granted.







Carol Knarr Gebert, Actor and Storyteller


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