Iowa State Fair Stories to be Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program Aug. 25

Iowa State Fair Stories to be Upcoming Topic at GRMC SE*ED Program

“Our State Fair – Iowa’s Blue Ribbon Story” is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have made up that unique August experience. Author Mary Kay Shanley will share stories of fairgoers at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center SE*ED program on Monday, August 25. The program begins at 10 a.m. in the Caulkins Community Room at the Drake Community Library. There is no charge to attend, although donations are accepted. Refreshments are served.

When you hear these Iowa State Fair stories, you might discover a bit of yourself – from watching two locomotives collide in front of a packed Grandstand to riding the roller coaster or sneaking a smooch with your sweetheart while gliding through Ye Olde Mill. Join Shanley in a discussion of some of the book’s very best tales, then share some of your own.

Shanley is the author of nine books, including “She Taught Me to Eat Artichokes” and “The Memory Box.” She is a regular contributor to numerous magazines, a public speaker, and an instructor at the University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival. Shanley’s visit to GRMC’s SE*ED program is made possible by a grant from Humanities Iowa.

Looking forward on the schedule, there will be no program in observance of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 1. Doug Caulkins, Grinnell College professor of anthropology, will present on September 8 on this summer’s research trip to Northern Ireland and the possible effects of social media on the religious divides in this country.

Parking is available at the Drake Community Library, along Park Street, on Fifth Avenue, and in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot.

Seniors needing transportation may call GRMC’s Office of Public Relations at 641-236-2593 by Thursday before the program.

If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance,

please call 641-236-2593. For more information about upcoming speakers please check GRMC’s website at www.grmc.us or call 641-236-2954.

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