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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release March 3, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

State Historical Library book group meets March 18 at Hall of Pride

Topic: History of six-on-six girls basketball in Iowa

(DES MOINES) – The history of six-on-six girls basketball in Iowa will be the focus of the State Historical Library’s book group meeting this month at the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines.

 “Book Discovery Discussions” will review author Janice Beran’s “From Six-on-Six to Full Court Press: A Century of Iowa Girls’ Basketball” at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact State Historical Librarian Susan Jellinger at susan.jellinger@iowa.gov or 515-281-5111 for more information.

 IHP Education and Group Coordinator Shelly Johnson recruited former player Lisa Brinkmeyer and former coach Dick Rasmussen to speak at the meeting.

 Beran’s book recounts the century of girls’ basketball in Iowa prior to the final conversion to five-player basketball. It is a rich, vibrant history of a sport handed down from mother to daughter that helped sustain community life in small Iowa towns for decades.

 Following is the rest of the 2008-2009 “Book Discovery Discussions” schedule:

 April 15, 2009 – 11:45 a.m.
“Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Woman Behind the Legend” by John E. Miller
Legends have attached themselves to Laura Ingalls Wilder, beloved author of the eight Little House novels. Before this biography, little has been known about her adult years. John E. Miller tracks the evolution of one of America’s most popular children’s writers.

 May 20, 2009 – 11:45 a.m.
“The Rise of Jonas Olsen: A Norwegian Immigrant’s Saga” by Johannes B. Wist
Originally published serially in the Norwegian language newspaper, Decorah Posten, in the 1920s, The Rise of Jonas Olsen illustrates an immigrant’s struggle to preserve his identity and heritage while striving to become fully accepted as an American.

 June 17, 2009 – 11:45 a.m.
“Chautauqua Summer” by Julie McDonald
This novel takes the reader along with young Lem, a 17-year-old musician plucked from Harlan, Iowa, to travel the Chautauqua circuit with the Royal Serenaders. It is a coming-of-age story heavily sprinkled with historical tidbits of people and places from the early part of the 20th century.


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