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February 12, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lee Mansion
801 1st St. E.
Independence, IA 50644
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OBOI: Suitcase Exhibit: Independence Historical Figures

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Visit this exhibit at the Lee Mansion featuring suitcases containing memorabilia representing the lives of some of the most prominent citizens of historic Independence. Additional dates available.

Visit the Independence Public Library’s One Book One Independence (OBOI) suitcase exhibit
inside the historical Lee Mansion from 12:00-3:30 pm. The exhibit idea stems from the OBOI
2019 selection What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman.

“Suitcase Exhibit: Independence Historical Figures” features suitcases containing memorabilia representing the lives of some of the most prominent citizens of historic Independence including mayor Daniel S. Lee, local entrepreneur, developer, and racehorse owner Charley Williams, artist Robert Tabor, and others.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Lee Mansion will be open for this exhibit Sundays, February 10, 17, and 24 from 1:00-4:00 pm, Tuesdays, February 12, 19, and 26 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, and Thursdays, February 14, 21, and 28 from 4:00-7:00 pm. 

The historical figures included in the displays are: 
Jonathan Bland, landscaper
Julia Close, Army Nurse
Calvin Hubert Gilbert, photographer
Emma Gillett, milliner
Captain Daniel S. Lee, army captain & politician
Frank Megow, blacksmith
Perry Munson, businesssman & developer
A.G. Shellito, doctor
Clara Snow, dressmaker
Robert Tabor, artist
Charley Williams, entrepeneur and race track/horse owner
Admiral Harry E. Yarnell, Navy Admiral

Thank you to all the generous people and organizations who have helped make this display possible.  Many have loaned items for the displays or have done research for the exhibit, including Margie Appelman, Maud Bentley, Anita Blaker, Bev Copenhaver, the Buchanan County Historical Society, Norma Gates, Wanda Goins, the Grout Museum District, Leanne Harrison, Linda Hearn, Bill and Lynn Isham, Dean and Amy McGraw, Judy Olsen, Kelly Post, Sara Sheets, Dennis and Kara Vance, Waterloo Community Playhouse Costume Shop, Nels Wehner, Gary Wilson, the Winthrop Historical Society, and the Winthrop Public Library. 

For more information, please contact the library at 319-334-2470 or visit our One Book One Independence webage here: OBOI 2019