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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release: November 8, 2013

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

DCA announces “History for Lunch” discussion next week in Iowa City

State Historical Society of Iowa hosts author Shari Lemke

Des Moines, IA –The writings of 34 women from Iowa and the Midwest will be the focus of the State Historical Society of Iowa’s “History for Lunch” program next week in Iowa City. SHSI is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Author Shari Lemke will discuss “A Bag of Penny Candy Women of the 1930s – A Collective Memoir” at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the State Historical Society of Iowa, Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Call 319-335-3911 for more information.

With “A Bag of Penny Candy Women,” Lemke and co-author Ann Loughlin assembled the writings of 34 women, primarily from Iowa and the Midwest, who recall their childhood experiences of 1930s. Their recollections range from fun and funny to the somber moments often equated with the Great Depression. But the women do not leave their readers in the 1930s – they provide a sequel about their lives following the Great Depression and offer the wit and wisdom of lessons learned.

As part of her presentation, Lemke will give an overview of the project, read excerpts from the book, and share photos and illustrations that accompany the selections. Photos and illustrations that accompany many of the writings come from the State Historical Society of Iowa collection.

Following the presentation, Lemke will take questions and sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase.

Lemke and Loughlin are natives of Cherokee, Iowa. Loughlin continues to reside in Cherokee while Lemke is a long-time resident of Iowa City, where she and her husband, Jon, raised four children.

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The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.



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