Posted by: Pam Hackbart-Dean | January 7, 2013

Special Collections Receives Illinois Humanities Council Grant

Funding to support a traveling exhibit and programs on Mary Hegeler Carus at the Southern University at Carbondale during Women’s History Month in March 2013. 

Mary Hegeler Carus was the first women to study engineering at the University of Michigan and was the president of the Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc Company in Peru, IL from 1903 to 1936. She distinguished herself as a mining engineer, industrialist and philanthropist. 

The Morris Library of SIUC holds the family papers of Mary Hegeler Carus and plans to develop a traveling exhibit titled,  “Petticoats and Slide Rulers: The Life of Mary Hegeler Carus” that will tell the story of how American women have shaped technology and society for over one hundred years. 

The exhibit will be first presented at SIUC’s Morris Library and will eventually travel around the state. The public programs related to the exhibit will take place at two middle schools in Carbondale and LaSAlle, the Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle, and at the SIUC campus. Two scholars from the Special Collection Research Center will participate in the programs as well as Josephine Cantrell, the great-great granddaughter of Hegeler Carus.



  1. Very cool.

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