HISTORYMYSTERY

August 2018

It’s a HISTORY MYSTERY!

The theme for this year’s column is “Famous People Born in Virginia.” You are invited to submit your guess as to the identity of the person pictured in each issue. Correct entries will be placed in a drawing and the winner announced in an upcoming issue. The winner will receive $25.00.

Deadline is Aug. 20.

 

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HISTORY MYSTERY ENTRY FORM

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Our June History Mystery subject was Willa Cather (1873 – 1947). Born and raised near Winchester, in 1883 Willa and her family moved to Nebraska to escape outbreaks of tuberculosis that were rampant in Virginia at the time. After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in English, she began her writing career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved to New York City in 1906. Throughout the World War I era, Cather established herself as a major American writer. She achieved recognition for her novels of life on the American frontier, including O Pioneers (1913), The Song of the Lark (1915) and My Antonia (1918). She won praise from national critics for writing in plain language about ordinary people, helping the outside world appreciate the dramatic environment and weather of the Great Plains, as well as the cultures of both Native American families and the European immigrants who settled there. Cather earned the Pulitzer Prize in 1922 for her novel, One of Ours. Reader Kim Kilbane of Powhatan was our $25 winner.

Congratulations, Kim!

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