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History Alive! Nellie Bly
June 27, 2020 @ 1:01 am
Kanawha State Forest hosts History Alive! Nellie Bly, adventurer, inventor, and ground-breaking investigative reporter was the pen name of Elizabeth Jane Cochrane.
In 1887, to be hired as a reporter with Pulitzer’s New York The World, she feigned insanity to get committed to a lunatic asylum with no guarantee of release. Her subsequent articles on the conditions and treatment of the “patients” led to improvements in the care for the mentally ill. In January of 1890, she bested the time of the fictional Phileas Fogg from the book “Around the World in Eighty Days.”
Bly uncovered corruption, championed safe working conditions, was the voice for poor children and women, interviewed many well-known persons including Susan B. Anthony and Emma Goldman, participated in the Suffrage Movement, ran a steel manufacturing business which offered childcare and healthcare, and was the first female war correspondent on the Eastern Front during World War I.
Portrayed by JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood, this afternoon program at the forest is made possible by WV Humanities Council and West Virginia State Parks interpretive programming activities. Free to attend. Open to all public.