Saturday, September 7, 2013

College 101 to Elmwood

Dr. Sara Crook and her College 101 Class

Last October, my College 101 class and Ken Meints' section paid a visit to the Bess Streeter Aldrich Museum and Home.

And I posted quite a few photographs from inside the house.

On Friday, September 6, Sara Crook and I drove
vans to Elmwood with the students to learn about this famous Nebraska writer whose novel, A Lantern in Her Hand,  the class reads and an author who appeared regularly on best seller lists from the 20s until her death in 1954.

To get a feel for Aldrich, read her essay from 1933, Why I Live in a Small Town.

Our guide through the house made the event special, Rob Clements, vice president of the bank in Elmwood.  His grandmother was a close friend of Bess Streeter Aldrich, and he grew up in the Aldrich house after Bess Streeter Aldrich moved to Lincoln.

 Aldrich and Family at The Time of Publication

Actual Kind of Lantern to Which the Novel Refers

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