Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House will host their annual Brown Bag Lecture series the first three Tuesdays in March. All presentations are held at noon in the International Room at Chadwick Library, Iowa Wesleyan College. There is no charge. Guests are invited to bring a lunch.
Programs and presenters are as follows:
March 4 Henry County Pioneer Cemeteries
Pat White, local history volunteer, and members of the Henry County Pioneer Cemetery Commission will present the history of the commission and talk about cemeteries in the county which they are responsible for maintaining. The program will include photos and locations of the pioneer cemeteries and information on people buried in these cemeteries.
March 11 “Dear Bob”: Mary Harlan Lincoln and Her Daughter’s Heartbreak
Paul Juhl, Harlan-Lincoln volunteer and Iowa history enthusiast, Iowa City, will discuss a letter written by Mary Harlan Lincoln to her husband, Robert Todd Lincoln, in 1906. The letter is a recent addition to the Harlan-Lincoln collection. Mrs. Lincoln writes of her concerns over their daughter Jessie’s dissension with her estranged husband, Warren Beckwith, Jr.
March 18 Early History of Southeast Iowa Through the Writings of Women
Michael Zahs, retired Washington, Iowa, social studies teacher will use letters, diaries, and other writings of women to tell the story of life in 19th century Iowa. Zahs has been awarded several teaching awards, including the 1996 Iowa Distinguished Teacher Award for dedication to his students and profession. Humanities Iowa awarded funding for this presentation through their Speakers Bureau. Humanities Iowa is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.