Barbara Lounsberry will present her multi-media presentation, Nancy Drew: Iowa's Heroine to the World, at the Toledo Public Library om Thursday evening, April 24, from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Humanities Iowa and hosted by the Toledo Library Foundation.
The public is invited to the free presentation and reforeshments will be served.
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, Iowa.
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 seaplaning; 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.
Lounsberry is a Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. She was named the University's Distinguished Scholar in 1994. She is particularly interested in the subjects of Midwestern life and literature. Born and raised in Iowa, Professor Lounsberry believes Iowa culture, like its soil, is incredibly rich.
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WHAT:? Nancy Drew presentation by Barbara Lounsberry
WHEN:?Thursday, april 24, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Toledo Public Library, 205 E. High.