Connie Yen

Author and Archivist
Greene County Archives and Records Center
About the Speaker

Connie Yen is a writer and archivist with a passion for history and telling stories. She is the author of Sinner and Savior: Emma Molloy and the Graham Murder, the true story of an 1886 murder in Greene County known as “The Graham Tragedy,” and A Postcard History of Springfield. Connie graduated from Missouri State University in 2012 with a degree in History and a minor in Ozark Studies. She earned a Masters’ Degree in History in 2015. Since 2016, Connie has been the director of the Greene County Archives and Records Center in Springfield, Missouri.

Police Matrons in the Ozarks

Using examples from around the Ozarks, author and archivist Connie Yen will show how women joined their local police force, the work they did, and the struggles they faced at work and in the community. This presentation shows that women were policing the Ozarks before they could officially be part of a police force, before they could vote, and often before they were allotted a salary.

Forgotten Women of the Ozarks

An early suffragist in Springfield, Fanny Crenshaw once went to the polls to vote but was turned away because she was a woman. Fannie Williams was a doctor in Jasper County in the 1870s and 1880s. Susan McIntire was the first police matron in Greene County. These are just a few of the women who have lived and worked and made a difference in their part of the Ozarks. This presentation introduces these women, and others, and the work they did to create change in the Ozarks.