Poet and author Philip Burgess will tell a story of Western settlement in his presentation “Penny Post Cards – Homesteading Women,” Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Burgess, through poems and old post cards, tells the story of six young Norwegian sisters moving from a small rural community in northern Minnesota around 1910 into the greater world. The primary focus of the story is on two of the sisters, Burgess’s grandmother, Anna Lee, and his great-aunt Dikka Lee, both of whom homesteaded in eastern Montana.
The Missoula, Mont., writers discovered nearly 300 post cards that had been sent, mostly by Minnesotan sisters and cousins, to Anna and Dikka Lee as they prepared for and made their move to Montana. The women apparently used these post cards as a kind of latter-day e-mail, and the cards are a litany of disasters, illnesses, hard work, and social chatter.
This program is made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Library.
Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315.
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