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McLean County Barn Keepers: Lois Lenski and Corn-Farm Boy

Thursday, May 12
Starts at 7:00 PM

McLean County Barn Keepers: Lois Lenski and Corn-Farm Boy

Join Barn Keepers on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. for a fascinating look at a classic 1950s children’s book on Midwest corn farming. Guest speaker Bill Kemp, who serves as the Barn Keepers historian, will lead an illustrated program on beloved children’s author Lois Lenski and her 1954 book Corn-Farm Boy.

Illinois State University’s Milner Library holds a collection of Lois Lenski papers, including the author’s correspondence and research relating to Corn-Farm Boy, a strikingly accurate portrayal of Corn Belt farming in the decade after World War II. Bill’s talk will make use of photographs, newspaper clippings, original illustrations, and other source material collected by Lenski as she researched Corn-Farm Boy.

The book was part of Lenski’s American Regional Series, which included Bayou Suzette (1943), Cotton in My Sack (1949), Coal Camp Girl (1959), and others. These books approached the lives children with an honesty and realism uncommon in children’s literature at the time.

The program, free and open to the public, will be held at the Evergreen FS Building, 402 N. Hershey Road in Bloomington. Barn Keepers is a McLean County-based not-for-profit dedicated to barn education and preservation.