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Stillwater Reads Angie Debo’s Prairie City

Building community, promoting literacy

October 1, 2010
Story by Marissa Chavez, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -As one of Oklahoma’s most esteemed historians, Angie Debo is an Oklahoma treasure who is the focus of Stillwater’s latest One Book, One Community project.

“One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Angie Debo’s Prairie City” will give away 200 copies of the book and offer several public book discussions and other public events throughout Stillwater this fall.

“The purpose of the One Book, One Community project is to foster a sense of community through a shared reading experience,” OSU Librarian Karen Neurohr said. “We also want to broaden a deeper appreciation for Angie Debo, as a writer and interpreter of Oklahoma and Native American history.”

The Friends of the OSU Library donated 100 copies of the book for the on-campus book groups. The Stillwater Public Library Trust and Payne County Historical Society donated 100 books for other Stillwater groups. These limited copies are available for free to book discussion registrants.

To sign up for a book discussion and pick up a free copy of Prairie City visit the Information Desk at either the Stillwater Public Library or the Edmon Low Library.

Prairie City depicts the struggles of settlers on the vast prairie to build a community despite seasons of drought, prairie fire and destitution. Solidly based on historical research, Prairie City chronicles the arrival of the railroad, the growth of political parties and educational institutions, KKK uprisings, the oil boom, the Depression, the New Deal and the effects of two world wars on small-town America.

Primary sponsors of the event are Stillwater Public Library, OSU Library, and the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History. For more information on "One Book, One Community: Stillwater Reads Angie Debo’s Prairie City" events and discussions, please visit www.library.okstate.edu/news/onebook.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system that cuts across disciplines to better prepare students for a new world. Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. OSU has more than 32,000 students across its five-campus system and nearly 21,000 on its Stillwater campus; with students from all 50 states and about 110 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 200,000 students who have made a lasting impact on Oklahoma and the world. CREATE - INNOVATE - EDUCATE - GO STATE!

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall10/books.htm
Last Updated: 10 October 2010

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