Douglas County Historical Society’s monthly book club, Reader’s Circle, announces its May meeting which will be on Wednesday, May 31 at Noon at the General Crook House Museum.
May’s book will be A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich. This book is an official selection of the Nebraska 150 Celebrations.
The classic story of Abbie and Will Deal—pioneers who left everything behind for a new life on America’s frontier.
Abbie Mackenzie dreamed of becoming a fine lady like her aristocratic grandmother, devoting herself to music and art. But at eighteen Abbie found a different dream, turning away from the promise of a comfortable life as a doctor’s wife to marry handsome, quiet Will Deal. Together, they eagerly accepted the challenge of homesteading in Nebraska territory, where the prairies stretched as far as the eye could see, and only the strongest survived for long.
For nearly 90 years, reader have cherished Abbie’s story—an inspiring story of struggle against unexpected perils, of love and laughter, of the land she helped conquer and the family she raised.
Reader’s Circle meets on the last Wednesday of each month except for December and selects books that are either from a Douglas County author or relate to Douglas County history. However, in honor of the state’s sesquicentennial celebrations the scope is being expanded to include selections on the Nebraska 150 official reading list.
Attendees to each meeting will be offered coffee along with an assorted tray of treats provided by local favorite, Dugger’s Café.
If you are interested in participating in the Reader’s Circle, please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email Members@DouglasCoHistory.org. Cost to participate is $5 for members and $10 for non members.