Thursday, September 15, 2016

"Nancy Drew: Iowa's Heroine to the World" -- Reminisce Society

Nancy Drew: Iowa’s Heroine to the World

Barbara Lounsberry

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 @ 10 a.m.

For the first fall meeting of the Reminisce society, the Ottumwa Public Library is happy to host Humanities Iowa speaker Barbara Lounsberry. She will be presenting “Nancy Drew: Iowa’s Heroine to the World” on Tuesday September 27th at 10:00 a.m. in the Library’s meeting room.

Nancy Drew is the most popular female detective in fiction. Few know, however, that Nancy is an Iowa heroine and that her creator was Mildred Augustine of Ladora. Nancy Drew and Mildred Augustine are extraordinary role models for Iowa girls and boys, women and men. An academic pioneer (the first woman to earn a master’s degree from the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism), Augustine earned 6 airplane pilots’ licenses, including one for sea-planing; wrote 130 stories for young people; and continued her newspaper column “On the Go” through her 98th and last year of her life. Augustine wrote in the first Nancy Drew volume, The Secret of the Old Clock published in 1930, “Nancy Drew took pride in the fertility of her state and saw beauty in a crop of waving green corn as well as in the rolling hills and the expanse of prairie land.” This program, with lots of images, is meant to inspire young and old.

Plan to join us on Tuesday, September 27th, for an exploration of one of Iowa’s most famous literary heroines and her intrepid creator. The Reminisce Society’s 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.