Panhandle BPW will join with organizations to highlight Willa Cather, anniversary of ‘My Antonia’

July 22, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of “My Ántonia” by Willa Cather, the Willa Cather Archive and the Willa Cather Foundation is reaching out to organizations around the state to celebrate the author and her book.

About a year ago, Bridget Peck, president of Panhandle Business and Professional Women, received an email from the archive about a planned series of events throughout Nebraska with specific themes. They were looking for women’s groups to co-host events and wanted to know if BPW was interested. Peck was the right person to have received the email. She is a big fan of Cather’s.

Peck brought the idea to the organization’s board to see if they would be interested.

“When I first brought it up to the board, I said, ‘I think this is awesome and it sounds amazing,’” she said. “There was instant buy in.”

Once the board agreed, Peck and the archive arranged a date to come out and discuss the book.

“She was nearly as strong as I: Being Woman in the Workplace” will be presented to those in attendance. Guest speakers Ashley Olson of the Willa Cather Foundation and Emily Rau of the Willa Cather Archive will share their experiences working for organizations that seek to preserve and promote a Nebraska-raised woman writer, connecting those stories to Cather’s beloved novel “My Ántonia.”

The free event is open to anyone, man or woman, who has an interest in Willa Cather, “My Ántonia” or who would like to know more from experts on the subject.

“It’s such a unique opportunity,” she said. “Anyone who is a big reader or interested in history should come,” Peck said. “You don’t have to be a member of BPW to come.”

“My Antonia” is one of Cather’s most celebrated books. It a classic novel about life in the late 19th century Nebraska, pioneers and friendship. It is the last book in a trilogy of life on the Great Plains.

Cather’s classic on life in late 19th century Nebraska was published 100 years ago this year and became one of her most celebrated books. “My Ántonia” is about pioneers and friendship and was the last book in Cather’s trilogy on life on the Great Plains. Nebraskans are celebrating the book all year, a story that has held up over the last century because of its enduring themes.

The event will be held on Aug. 8 at the Scotts Bluff Country Club from noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes lunch and a copy of the book. Speakers from the Willa Cather Archive and the Willa Cather Foundation will be in attendance to explore the theme of women in the workplace

For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/she-was-nearly-as-strong-as-i-being-woman-in-the-workplace-tickets-46987600177.

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