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Meet Five Wondrous Wisconsin Women


A collage of five wondrous Wisconsin women who will be the topic of a program at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on

Celebrate Women's History Month with Badger Biographies series author Bob Kann. Bring a brown-bag lunch and join him for a discussion about Five Wondrous Wisconsin Women at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, March 19, at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 North Carroll Street, Madison. Kann will share the extraordinary stories of women he has profiled in his Wisconsin Historical Society Press books for young readers — all Wisconsinites who overcame innumerable obstacles to achieve and excel in their chosen fields. Kann will introduce attendees to the following five women:

  • Co-founder of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom — and a well-known Wisconsin historical figure and political strategist — Belle Case La Follette. She and her husband, Bob La Follette, were the subjects of Kann's biography 'Belle and Bob La Follette: Partners in Politics.'
  • The 20th century's "culinary wonder," Lizzie Candor of Milwaukee, who authored "The Settlement Cookbook." She was the subject of Kann's biography, 'A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and her Cookbook.'
  • All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Player Joyce Westerman of Kenosha. She is the subject of Kann's biography, 'Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero.'
  • Civil War heroine Cordelia Harvey who spearheaded soldier relief efforts during and after the war, leading the charge for the development of the nation's first federal soldiers homes, including the Soldiers Home in Milwaukee. She was First Lady of Wisconsin until her husband, Governor Louis P. Harvey, died in a war-related tragedy. She was the subject of Kann's, biography 'Cordelia Harvey: Civil War Angel.'
  • Inspirational Special Olympics athlete and activist Cindy Bentley from Milwaukee. She is the subject of Kann's biography, 'Cindy Bentley: Spirit of a Champion.'

A book signing will follow the lunch-time program. For more information, contact the Wisconsin Historical Museum at museum@wisconsinhistory.org. Attendees are encouraged to make a $2 per person suggested donation.

More for Young Readers

The popular Badger Biographies series for young readers explores the lives of many other wondrous Wisconsinites. Biographies about other women in the series include:

About the Author

Bob Kann is a well-known storyteller, juggler, magician, and author. He performs throughout the United States in schools, libraries, and performing arts centers and at festivals. He also teaches classes and holds workshops for educators, social service agencies and businesses on humor, motivation, creativity and storytelling. His book Belle and Bob La Follette: Partners in Politics won a 2009 National Indie Excellence Award.

:: Posted March 14, 2013

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