Monday, April 2, 2012

Overview of Gift Shop books on Women's History

Even though Women’s History Month is over, we have one more blog post to share about Indiana and women’s history.
Our gift shop at the History Center has several books about women who made an impact on our history.
Here’s an overview—remember Mother’s Day is just around the corner!
“The book, Nature’s Story Teller, by author Barbara Olenyik Morrow is well-illustrated with photographs of Gene Stratton Porter and the people and places in her life. The story told is indeed of a woman ahead of her time, worrying about land, habitat, climate, and conservation long before it was fashionable.

Although this book is ostensibly written as part of a series of Indiana history books for youth, it is an excellent adult book as well. Gene Stratton-Porter emerges as a thoroughly believable and modern woman who was passionate about her cause. And we should all applaud her vision.” (verbiage from a previous blog post by Laura McCaffrey)
Fighting for Equality: A life of May Wright Sewall by Ray E. Boomhower Indiana Historical Press
“I never left Mrs. Sewall’s presence without resolving to be more outspoken in good causes, more constant in their service, without a fresh resolve to let trivial concerns go and emphasize only really vital interests.” Grace Julian Clarke
Carole Lombard: The Hoosier Tornado by Wes D. Gehring Indiana Biography Series. Actress Lombard was born in Fort Wayne, married actor Clark Gable, and died in a plane crash during WWII
Maggie Ray: World War II Air Force Pilot by Marsha J. Wright
This is the story of Margaret Ray Ringenberg who logged over 40,000 flying hours as a WASP—Womens Air Force Service Pilot—one of the first in the nation, and as a racer—around the world twice. An entire chapter in Tom Brokaw’s “The Greatest Generation” is devoted to Ringenberg. She flew over Calhoun Street and the GE plant and dropped fliers announcing Japan’s surrender.
Dottie Wiltse Collins: Strikeout Queen of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Carolyn M. Trombe. Wiltse was a member of the Fort Wayne Daisies. While men were off fighting WWII, Chicago Cubs owner Phillip Wrigley created the women’s baseball league in 1943.
Hold Fast to Dreams: The Sixty-Year Career of an Indiana Teacher by Audra Snyder Bailey; American Field Service Student Exchange Program
Gibson Girls and Suffragists: Perceptions of Women from 1900 to 1918 by Catherine Gourley. The Gibson Girls blazed trails that decades of women would follow. This is the first of a series of “Images and Issues of Women in the Twentieth Century”.

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