Speaker to discuss Ohio women during Depression, WWII



PIQUA — The Friends of the Piqua Public Library are proud to bring to the community Susan Talbot-Stanaway’s original presentation of “Breadlines to Assembly Lines, 1930-1949: Rosie, Heroines, and Ladies: Ohio Women”at 7 p.m. April 20 at the Piqua Public Library.

The program take guests on a trip through time to discover the roles of Ohio women surviving the Depression, World War II, supporting families and country. Talbot-Stanaway will entertain and enlighten with tales, posters and art that exemplify the era.

Talbot-Stanaway is a featured speaker with the Ohio Humanities Council, as well as an art historian, concentrating on American art. As the former director of the Zanesville Museum of Art, she has curated over 500 exhibitions. Recently, her research and curatorial efforts have focused on the World War I era in American art and history, and American quilts.

Talbot-Stanaway’s popular presentations have included themes of World War I posters like “For the Hearts and Minds of Ordinary People,” which explores Ohio history during the era of Woodrow Wilson, and “World War I on the Ohio Home Front: Your Country Calls!,” about how thousands of Ohio men and women engaged in the struggles of the “Great War.”

“Buckeye Boys and Girls” is a novel presentation of Ohio history derived from the speaker’s experience curating art and history exhibitions in the state. In this talk, images of masterwork paintings, vintage photographs, historic clothing, antique toys, books, quilts and sports equipment used to recount the stories of Ohio children from the 1840s to our own time. From America’s first toy electric train to the iconic Etch-A-Sketch, all of the objects were invented, created, or made in Ohio.

Admission to the program is by ticket only. Tickets are available to the public beginning Friday, April 13, at the front desk of the Piqua Public Library. Seating is limited so get your tickets early.