Historical Society's book club explores A Son of the Middle Border
Hamlin Garland's memoir recounts Midwest upbringing

For immediate release March 24, 2008


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

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa’s book group, “Book Discovery Discussions,” will meet 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the State Historical Building to discuss A Son of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland

In his autobiographical memoir, Garland recounts events of his Midwest upbringing, including his time in Iowa. Participants may bring lunch or purchase a meal to go from Café Baratta’s. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required, by visiting www.iowahistory.org.

The State Historical Building is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. More information is available at 515-281-6897 or by email at susan.jellinger@iowa.com.

Following is the rest of the 2007-2008 “Book Discovery Discussions” schedule:

May 28, 2008
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Call of the Wild is a featured title of the National Endowment for the Arts’ “The Big Read” program. London’s Iowa connection is two-fold: he marched across Iowa with Kelly’s Army and honeymooned in Newton.


 The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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