(Come at 6:30 to find out the winners of the Carnegie Contest, see pictures of libraries visited by contest participants and enjoy some snacks while the winners share some of their experiences and thoughts from seeking out Carnegie buildings.)
Dr. Susan H. Swetnam is a Professor of English at Idaho State University, the only faculty member ever to win all three of ISU's Distinguished Faculty Awards (Distinguished Teacher, Public Servant, and Researcher). Her area of expertise is Intermountain West literature and culture; she has published six books and dozens of academic articles and has given hundreds of public presentations over the past thirty years. She has also published magazine articles and creative nonfiction widely in national (Gourmet, Mademoiselle), regional (Journal of the West), and scholarly (Western American Literature) publications. She's a former chair of the Idaho Humanities Council.
Her talk in Brigham City is based on her brand-new book published with Utah State University Press, Books, Bluster, and Bounty: Local Politics and Intermountain West Carnegie Library Building Grants, 1898-1920. The talk describes the complicated process of applying for a Carnegie library at the turn of the twentieth century and explores the varied attitudes and demographics of citizens of individual Utah towns who championed--or opposed--the process locally. As it does so, it provides striking, sometimes amusing anecdotes that challenge stereotypes about monolithic culture in Utah; and it offers important precedents for those working to promote books and reading today.
This event is part of the Brigham City Book Festival in partnership with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, a program of the Utah Center for the Book, a Library of Congress affiliate. The Brigham City Library is located at 26 E. Forest Street. For more information about this program or other festival programs in Brigham City please call Elizabeth at 435-723-5850.
Books, Bluster, and Bounty: Local Politics and Carnegie Library Building Grants in the Intermountain West, 1890-1920
Swetnam, Susan H.
2012-04 - Utah State University Press
9780874218428 CHECK CATALOG
Commerce and Culture: The Coming of the Carnegie Libraries to the Western Frontier
2008-10 - Eastern Washington University Press
9781597660259 CHECK CATALOG