Literary Heroines exhibit at The Putnam

Strong and independent women have graced literature for centuries, leading the way for so many modern-day women, including myself. Of course, my parents raised me to be an intelligent and strong-willed young woman, but Harper Lee’s Scout Finch and Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett only led me to become a more academic, social-justice oriented, and empowered female.

These are the stories the Putnam Museum’s latest exhibit on literary heroines sets out to tell in their new exhibit.

The stories of Hermione Granger, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jo March, many others, and, my two personal favorites, Scout Finch and Elizabeth Bennett, are told through the exhibitions of their renowned authors and stories who pushed the norm to pave the way for women all over the world. But the dialogue does not end there as the exhibit also features stories of “hometown heroines” including activists, Zenaida Landeros and Maggie Tinsman. The exhibition includes an inside look at the personal lives, times and interests of these heroines and their authors.

In tangent with the Memoirs of a Geisha selection honored in the exhibition, the Putnam will hold a Japanese Tea Ceremony on November 3rd. On November 24th, the museum will feature the Little Women movie after an afternoon tea, paying homage to the classic by Louisa May Alcott.

Admission to the exhibit is included with the general Putnam admission fee, $9 for adults and $8 for ages 3 to 18, seniors and members of the military. The museum is located at 1717 W 12th St, in Davenport, Iowa, and open 10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday as well as 12PM to 5PM on Sundays. For more information about the special events or to have your book club meet at The Putnam, contact Michele Darland at 563-336-7295 or visit the Putnam website.

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Katy Williams A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a K-4 ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her fiance and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. She will be getting married to her fiance, Austin, in May 2019. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU.

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