Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"Through the Eyes of the Pioneers"

Reminisce Society May 2016

For our May program the OPL’s Reminisce Society is pleased to have Humanities Iowa speaker, Loren Horton, present the program, “Through the Eyes of the Pioneers,” on Tuesday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

The Ottumwa Public Library has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host this presentation. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.

Hundreds of thousands of people immigrated to Iowa during the 19th century. Many of these pioneers kept diaries and wrote letters, which offer a wonderful view of this period. These documents describe the land, the people, the towns, and the experience of traveling across the prairie. It is estimated that at least three-quarters of a million people moved west during the 19th century. Of that number, perhaps as many as 5,000 left written records of their travels.

Plan to join us on Tuesday, May 24, for a fascinating glimpse into Iowa’s culture. The Reminisce Society programs are free and open to everyone. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance or for further information, please call the library’s director, Sonja Ferrell at 641-682-7563, extension 202.