Final program in Beatrice library series announced

August 2, 2018

The final program of the “Tuesday Night with the Library” series will be held on Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. with special guest Dr. Mary B. White. “Dr. Mary” is Clara Bewick Colby’s sister and is able to tell about life in 1899, six years after the Beatrice Public Library was established as part of the City of Beatrice. In addition to her traditional medical training in Chicago, Dr. White also studied homeopathic medicine. Part of her presentation will include information about the prevalence of women doctors at the beginning of the 20th century as well as the conflict between the older American Homeopathic Association and the American Medical Association

Her most recent adventure was her trip to the southern United States to care for soldiers back from Cuba who were part of the War with Spain. Like her sister, Dr. Mary is also an ardent advocate for women’s suffrage. Her talks always include updates on the status of that effort and the activities of Mrs. Colby. Dr. Mary B. White was a surprise visitor at the Summer Reading Program in June when another speaker cancelled. Her comments about dress reform and appropriate clothing for children resulted in many questions from the audience. Due to her popularity with both the children and adults, Dr. Mary was asked to return to end the summer program series at the Library.

Dr. Mary B. White is portrayed by Laureen Riedesel in a program originally developed for Humanities Nebraska. This presentation is part of the special events commemorating the Beatrice Public Library’s 125 Years of Service, 145 Years of the Dream. For more information, contact the Library at www.beatrice.ne.gov/library or 402-223-3584.

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