The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is pleased to host Heath Hardage Lee, author of Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause
Winnie Davis and Margaret Hayes-Davis: Daughters of the Confederacy Varina Anne “Winnie” Davis was born into a war-torn South in June of 1864, the youngest daughter of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his second wife, Varina Howell Davis. Winnie was christened the “Daughter of the Confederacy” in 1886. This role was bestowed upon her by a Southern culture trying to sublimate its war losses. Particularly idolized by Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Winnie became an icon of the Lost Cause, eclipsing even her father Jefferson in popularity.
Winnie’s older sister, Margaret Hayes-Davis, chose a different path than her famous sister. Margaret and her husband Addison Hayes became founding members of Colorado Springs and prominent members of the community. Margaret was the only one of the Davis children to marry and have her own family. Though she moved to Colorado partially due to her husband’s health problems, she also chose a new life out West to distance herself from bitter war memories and the economic devastation of the South.
Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great great grandson of Jefferson Davis will be on hand to talk about the Davis family and his personal connection to both Winnie and his great grandmother, Margaret. He will also speak about the Beauvoir Foundation and the work he continues to the present day to preserve and promote the legacy of his ancestor.
HEATH HARDAGE LEE has worked in history museums for most of her career. She has worked for the Levine Museum of the New South, Stratford Hall, and Menokin Plantation. She most recently served as the History Series Coordinator for Salisbury House & Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte Home Design, Charlotte Place, and Charlotte Business, and she contributes regularly to several blogs on history, art and design.