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Shenandoah in Page County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

A City In Print

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2015
1. A City In Print Marker
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Shenandoah's first newspaper, The Reporter, began in 1871, the same year the city was incorporated.

In 1887, C.N. Marvin founded The Sentinel and served as its editor for nearly 50 years. His column, "The Easy Chair," was widely read and quoted. W. D. Archie purchased The Sentinel in 1936 and continued the editorial tradition with his "Along the Banks of the Nishna" column. The Archie family published the daily Sentinel for 50 years. Local ownership ended in 1985, when The Sentinel was sold to a newspaper chain.

The Iowan magazine, a publication highlighting Iowa's "statewide surprises," also called Shenandoah home. Founded and edited by David Archie, the magazine shares Iowa's traditions, treats, and treasures.

Shenandoah's largest and most widely read publications were the seed catalogs. Henry Field Company alone mailed over three million catalogs a year in the 1960's. These lavishly illustrated "dream books" were standard reading for farmers and housewives all across the U.S. Radio spawned several popular magazines. Behind the Mike, KMA Guide, Jessie's Homemaker and SOS gave radio listeners a closer look at their favorite broadcasters. Leanna Driftmier turned her "Kitchen Klatter" radio program into a magazine that reached a monthly circulation of

A City In Print Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 2, 2015
2. A City In Print Marker
100,000. Author Evelyn Birkby gained a national reputation with her book Neighboring on the Air, a history of Shenandoah radio homemakers. Farmer-poet Michael Carey celebrated Iowa's rural beauty into the twenty-first century.
 
Location. 40° 45.961′ N, 95° 22.358′ W. Marker is in Shenandoah, Iowa, in Page County. Marker is at the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and Blossom Street, on the right when traveling west on Sheridan Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shenandoah IA 51601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Tradition of Innovation in Agriculture (within shouting distance of this marker); American Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Women's Christian Temperance Union Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Julian Dubuque (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneers of Radio (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Nurseries of Shenandoah (about 300 feet away); The Music of Shenandoah (about 400 feet away); Charles E. Parker (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shenandoah.
 
Also see . . .
1. Guide to the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel MSS at Univ of Iowa Libraries. (Submitted on August 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Homemaker Hosts Mural on KMA Radio Station Wall image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Homemaker Hosts Mural on KMA Radio Station Wall

2. Evelyn Birkby Collection at Iowa Heritage Digital Collections. (Submitted on August 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. About The evening sentinel. (Shenandoah, Iowa) 1926-current, at Chronicling America (LOC). (Submitted on August 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Valley News, Shenandoah, Iowa. (Submitted on August 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on August 25, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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