by Sam Worley
Tue 10/5 at 2:30 PM, Weiss visits the Chicago Botanic Garden to talk about the role women played in the Chicago Horticultural Society, including laying groundwork for the founding of the Botanic Garden. She's joined by Angela Mason, the Botanic Garden's director of community gardening. 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, $29; register here. At 6 PM, Weiss talks about the role of suffragettes—and U of C students—in the Libertyville training farm. University of Chicago Center for Gender Studies, 5733 S. University, free; register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A book signing follows both events.
Wed 10/6, a 5:30 PM talk by Elaine Weiss at Jane Addams Hull House Museum focuses on the role of Jane Addams in the land armies movement; it's followed by a 6:30 PM soup dinner and discussion on "the past, present and future of women, farming, and food security." 800 S. Halsted, free; to RSVP, call 312-413-5353 or e-mail email@example.com.
Thu 10/7 from 12:30 to 3 PM, Slow Food Chicago hosts Weiss at a harvest lunch "much like that which the Land Army women would have enjoyed circa 1918"—that is, a meal of local foods prepared by women. At the lunch, held at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy, Weiss talks about the Libertyville training center and shows footage from a 1918 land army tractor-driving demonstration. 25200 St. Mary's Rd., Libertyville, $30; register here.