Anna in Shelby County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Acclaimed author and illustrator of juvenile literature Lois Lenski was born in Springfield in 1893, grew up in Anna, and graduated from Sidney High School. In 1915, Lenski graduated from The Ohio State University and moved to New York City to work and study art. After illustrating several children's books in the early 1920s, she began writing and illustrating her own stories. Lenski specialized in historical fiction and regional themes--eventually publishing nearly one hundred carefully-researched books.
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Two of Lenski's earliest books, Skipping Village (1927), and A Little Girl of 1900 (1928), drew upon childhood in Anna. Strawberry Girl (1945) won the Newbery Medal from the American Library Association in 1946. Two of her other works, Phebe Fairchild: Her Book (1936) and Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison (1941) were named Newbery Honor Books. Bayou Suzette won the 1944 Martha Kinney Cooper Ohioana Award. Lois Lenski died at her home in Florida in 1974.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Shelby County Historical Society, Friends of Children's Literature, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-75.)
Marker series. Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 23.909′ N, 84° 10.593′ W. Marker is in Anna, Ohio, in Shelby County. Marker is on 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the Anna Community Branch Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 N. 2nd Street, Anna OH 45302, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John W. Carey (approx. ¼ mile away); Wenger One Room School (approx. 2.6 miles away); Rumley (approx. 3.7 miles away); Korn Field Airport (approx. 5 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 6.4 miles away); Port Jefferson School Bell (approx. 6.4 miles away); Sidney Fire Bell (approx. 7.8 miles away); Carey's Hall (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Anna.
Also see . . .
1. Lois Lenski. (Submitted on March 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. The Works of Lois Lenski. (Submitted on March 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation. (Submitted on March 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Notable Persons •
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