LEWISTON — Who knew that Maine women had entered the medical profession as physicians over 150 years ago? Were there more than half a dozen? The Food for Thought presentation on Thursday, Nov. 9, will tell the real story.

Annette Vance Dorey will speak about her research and the book that emerged about the many Maine women graduates of medical schools in a male-dominated profession. Who were these women? Why did they leave Maine?

Dorey has been a life-long educator, teaching all grades and ages in various states and nations. She is a former professor in teacher education at the University of New Brunswick. Since settling in Lewiston, she also has worked abroad, teaching educators and students in Lithuania and Poland.

Her historical research produced several books, including “Maine Mothers Who Murdered, 1875-1925: Doing Time in State Prison” and “Miss Dr. Lucy — Maine’s Pioneering Female Doctors.” Dorey’s current project is “Maine’s Industrial School for Girls, 1872-1976.”

The public is invited to join members of the Senior College for the presentation in Room 170 at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College, 50 Westminster St., Lewiston.

Lunch is $8 by reservation only. Reservations must be made before noon Tuesday, Nov. 7. Those without a reservation may purchase a lunch and are welcome to listen to the speaker.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Dorey’s presentation will begin at noon.

FMI, RSVP: 207-753-6510.

Annette Vance Dorey

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