Nellie Bly – Talk led by Mary Sturgill

Elizabeth Cochrane, better known as stunt reporter Nellie Bly, understood the importance of selective revelation in order to maintain a well-crafted public persona. Ms. Bly had many secrets: What was the true nature of her love interests? Was she a closet smoker with a fondness for a fine cigar? Historians do not tell us. A secret they do reveal is that Bly was chiefly an inventor and entrepreneur. She had the uncanny ability to identify a need, invent a marketable solution, and sell it. After marrying Robert Seaman in 1895, she inherited the Iron Clad Manufacturing Company when she was widowed in 1904. As owner and manager, she initiated a social welfare program for her employees, invented the 55-gallon steel drum, the stackable garbage can, and held twenty-five patents in her name. Yet it is her initial creation, the persona of Nellie Bly, whose eyewitness stunt reporting established Elizabeth Cochran on the world stage and catapulted her to fame, that provided what little financial security she, and the family to whom she was devoted, knew throughout her lifetime.


LIVE IN PERSON PROGRAM – Hughes Main Library. 


LIVESTREAM VIEWING - Want to watch from home?
The Nellie Bly Talk will be livestreamed and questions will be taken from the virtual audience. A link to the livestream will be available at the History Comes Alive website when the event starts.


This event is not a costumed performance but will feature audience Q/A. Nellie Bly will be portrayed by Anne Pasquale at the HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL (JUNE 9 – 18, 2023).

  • Presented By: Greenville Chautauqua Society
  • Dates: March 28, 2023
  • Location: Hughes Main Library
  • Address: 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Phone:

    (864) 244-1499

  • Time: 7-8:30 pm
  • Price: Free