Xenia in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Helen Hooven Santmyer
Helen Hooven Santmyer moved to Xenia at the age of five and graduated from Wellesley College in 1918. She attended Oxford University in England as one of the earliest female Rhodes Scholars. Returning to America with her first book published and a graduate degree in literature, she felt confident that she would gain literary fame. In 1935, Santmyer returned to Xenia, where she became Dean of Women and the head of the English Department at Cedarville College. Finally reaching ultimate success, her novel, And Ladies of the Club with its 1,344 pages became the best selling novel of 1984 and earned her critical acclaim and national recognition at the age of eighty-eight. She was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Cincinnati Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-29.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 41.245′ N, 83° 55.858′ W. Marker is in Xenia, Ohio, in Greene County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Xenia OH 45385, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance Galloway Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Galloway Log House / Xenia Tornado, April 3, 1974 (within shouting distance of this marker); April 3, 1974 Xenia Tornado Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greene County Civil War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Desert Shield - Desert Storm - Persian Gulf Memorial (about 700 feet away); War Savings Stamps (approx. 0.2 miles away); 74th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greene County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Xenia.
More about this marker. Marker was originally dedicated and placed at 43 West 3rd Street in Xenia but was damaged in 2006. The marker was on the grounds of the Greene County Historical Society, 74 West Church Street, in 2009 when the photos were taken.
Also see . . .
1. Helen Hooven Santmyer. (Submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Helen Hooven Santmyer. (Submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 499 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4, 5. submitted on July 28, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.