Des Moines Historical Society Meeting
Red Lights, White Chapel: The Working Girls of Des Moines at the Turn of the Century
November 13, 2014
Des Moines, IA
Hope Mitchell, who is perhaps better known as Iowa's “Prostitution Historian,” will be the featured speaker. Mitchell earned the Iowa History Center’s Outstanding Master’s Thesis in Iowa History award this year for “Sacrificing our Daughters: Changing Perceptions of Prostitution in Iowa, 1880-1915.” She will share her research exploring the relationship between prostitution and farming culture, particularly among the women who worked in Des Moines’ red-light district, nicknamed “White Chapel” after the district in London’s east end where Jack the Ripper was known to haunt. Currently, Mitchell works as the Assistant Coordinator of the Digital Repository at Iowa State University, where she helps to preserve the scholarship of faculty and students.
Mitchell, Hope C., "Red Lights, White Chapel: The Working Girls of Des Moines at the Turn of the Century" (2014). Digital Scholarship and Initiatives Conference Presentations and Posters. 13.