Read & discuss books about women’s history at Hayes program

Press Staff Writer

        Read about women pilots who won high-stakes airplane races in the 1920s and ‘30s, America’s first women soldiers and more during the “Finding Her Voice” book club at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
        The book club will meet this fall and during winter 2020 to read and discuss a variety of works about women’s history during this special book club. Each session is from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hayes Presidential. It is part of HPLM’s “Finding Her Voice” program, which runs in conjunction with the centennial of women’s suffrage and includes special museum exhibits, the book club and other programs being planned to celebrate and highlight women’s history.
        A different Hayes Presidential staff member will lead each book discussion.
        The book club schedule includes:
        • Sept. 18 – “The Fly Girls,” by Keith O’Brien. The book shares the untold story of women who competed against men in high-stakes national air races and won. Led by Kevin Moore, associate curator of artifacts.
        • Nov. 13 – “The Debs of Bletchley Park,” by Michael Smith. This book shares the untold stories of women who worked for allied intelligence in England during World War II. Led by Joan Eckermann, special events and volunteer coordinator.
        • Dec. 4 – “Jane Eyre,” by Charlotte Bronte. Led by Christie Weininger, executive director.
        • Jan. 29 – “The Women’s Suffrage Movement,” by Sally Roesch Wagner. This anthology includes writings of the most well-known suffragists, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, and accounts of those often overlooked because of their race, from Native American women to African American suffragists, including Ida B. Wells and the Forten sisters. Led by Dustin McLochlin, curator.
        • March 18 – “The Hello Girls,” by Elizabeth Cobbs. This book shares the story of the first official U.S. Army female officers, who worked for the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. They joined the army at the same time suffragettes were lobbying for the right to vote. Led by Joan Eardly, education coordinator.
        For updates on “Finding Her Voice,” visit The program includes special exhibits “Demon Rum & Cold Water: The Two Sides of Temperance” and “Women of Spiegel Grove.”
        “Finding Her Voice” is sponsored by title sponsors the Reed Fund of The Toledo Community Foundation and The Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation and major sponsor ProMedica Memorial Hospital. “Finding Her Voice” is made possible in part by Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
        HPLM, America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system, is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.
        For info, call 419-332-2081, or visit


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