Constant readers know that we’re pretty big on Harriet Beecher Stowe here at the Library that was checking out books here when she lived up the hill. We understand there is scholarly doubt about President Lincoln’s attribution of the Big War to the Little Lady, but we think he said it. Sounds like him. We mark Hattie’s birthday with a lecture. This year the speaker was Jennifer Thompson, whose recent book Picking Cotton, came squarely within Stowe Lecture’s theme – writing to change the world. The diminutive author attracted a big audience which she held in her palm for pretty much every second of her speech. It was quite a night.
We collect pictures of our HBS lecturers with our HBS portrait bust. This year we remembered at the last minute that we had planned to crown the bust with a laurel wreath for the occasion. We had to race up to Jones the Florist on Fountain Square who were out of laurel but who were kind enough to come up with a more than satisfactory substitute. They are the best kind of neighbor.