Free historical programs at Iowa Wesleyan
MOUNT PLEASANT — Friends of the Harlan-Lincoln House at Iowa Wesleyan College will sponsor its 10th annual Brown Bag Lecture Series at noon each Tuesday during March in the Chadwick Library on campus.
Presentations are free, but donations will be accepted. Attendees can bring a brown bag lunch.
Tuesday – “The Garretson Family: Pioneers, Inventors and Abolitionists.” Cathy Garretson Helman, a rural Salem native, will speak on her family history. The story of the Garretson family is one Henry County family’s story in the settlement of America. From a shipwreck in 1657 off the coast of Long Island to Jackson Township, Henry County, Iowa, in 1837, Helman will tell of notable characters, events and initiatives of the Garretson family. Their arrival in Iowa included involvement in the Underground Railroad in and near Salem.
March 12 – “Religion and the Civil War.” Larry Mitchell, former pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant, will provide an overview on evangelicalism, revivalism, abolitionism and denominational splits leading up to the war, and Lincoln’s theology as shown in his writings.
March 19 – “The Impact of Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Life Among the Lowly on American Culture.” Joy Lynn Conwell, circulation/special collections associate at Chadwick Library, will look at the history and impact of the book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Those attending are invited to bring their copies of the book.
March 26 — “The Union Block: Past, Present and Future.” Local researcher and historian Pat White and Mount Pleasant Main Street program director Lisa Oetken will speak about the history, current focus and future of the historic building.