Your guide to Arts & Culture in the Central Rappahannock River Region

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MAR 14

The element of radium, newly discovered by the Curies, made gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shone bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toiled amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covered their bodies from head to toe, lighting up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” seemed the luckiest alive – until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

This lecture is sponsored by Irene and Curry Roberts.