Hamline News

November 18, 2011

Mapel Bloomberg Publishes Article

Kristin Mapel Bloomberg, professor of women's studies and Hamline University Endowed Chair in the Humanities, published 'How Shall We Make Beatrice Grow!': Clara Bewick Colby and the Beatrice Public Library Association in the 1870s in the winter 2011 edition of Nebraska History Quarterly. Bloomberg's essay explores how, for a young frontier town, a library wasn't just about books. It was also a means for propagating social values and it created pathways for women to exercise leadership in the community. The article examines how a western town's first privately funded library faced challenges of censorship, public indifference, and competition from an unexpected rival - temperance. 

Read an excerpt from the article on Nebraska History Quarterly's website.