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Kate Warne: America's First Female Private Detective
Sheryl Hinman will join us as Kate Warne, America's first female private detective.

In 1850, Allan Pinkerton developed an organization that eventually became the renowned Pinkerton National Detective Agency. The company logo featured an open eye and the motto “We Never Sleep.” With the promise of persistence in the face of danger, Pinkerton agents secured wealthy business clients such as the railroads and banks as their reputation for honesty and success grew.

Pinkerton was known for innovations in the field of detection. His advertisement in the Chicago newspapers drew interest from a widow with a background in drama. Kate Warne, America’s first female private detective, joined the Pinkerton Agency in 1856 and used her acting talent to secure information from dangerous criminals. She was exceptionally talented at insinuating herself into the social circle of suspects.

Warne’s skill was put to the test throughout the Civil War era. This plucky woman was part of the team that discovered a plot by Southerners who were determined to assassinate Lincoln before he could be inaugurated. Join us, as Kate Warne describes the steps taken by the Pinkerton agents to foil the Baltimore Plot and safely smuggled President-elect Abraham Lincoln into Washington, DC.

May 5, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Sheryl Hinman
After retiring from teaching high school English and journalism, Sheryl Hinman began working at the college level with education majors. In addition, she was able to expand her interest in history by volunteering at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Interpreting the character of Kate Warne has been a rewarding experience; Sheryl thoroughly enjoys interacting with the school children exploring the museum during field trips. “Kate Warne was such a daring, courageous woman. Stories about her intrigue visitors of all ages,” Sheryl said.