Letter to the Editor:
P.E.O. is a philanthropic education organization started by seven young college women in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Through the tenacity and dedication of its early members P.E.O. now has almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada. The primary goal of the P.E.O. Sisterhood is promoting educational opportunities for women.
Toledo’s Chapter DF was established in 1904. It has its own long and rich history of supporting women in their educational goals and personal needs. The organization is quiet but strong. Local women have benefited from college scholarships, loans and grants to help them achieve educational goals. Some have helped young women in their first years of college and some have helped older women return to school to enhance their professional careers.
One of Chapter DF’s local community projects in 2004 was to bring the operatic composition of Toledo native Michael Patterson to the Wieting Theater. The performance of The Tale of Peter Rabbit was so successful that it is only fitting that Chapter DF is bringing Dr. Patterson’s most recent opera A DREAM FULFILLED: The Saga of George Washington Carver to the Wieting on its state wide tour with OPERA Iowa. The performance will be March 26, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wieting Theatre.
George Washington Carver was a student at Simpson College and Iowa State College (later Iowa State University). He was an agronomist who helped establish farming techniques of crop rotation and soil development that are still in use today. He also broke racial barriers as a son of slaves attending predominately white schools and was the first black faculty member at Iowa State.
This project is undertaken to honor Michael Patterson, son of Charles and the late Lois Patterson, (a Chapter DF Sister), to bring opera back to the Wieting Theatre and to support the Wieting Theatre renovation as all proceeds will be given for that project.
Tickets for the performance are $15 and $12 and are available at Doyle’s Family Pharmacy, State Bank of Toledo and Lincoln Savings Bank. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance.
Geo.Washington Carver/Wieting Thetare Project
Nancy L. Burk
Dr. Polly Hineman