Recommended for families with kids ages 9-12, free with museum admission
How can one girl start a completely new life in harsh terrain, in the midst of a foreign war? Author Kirby Larson will join us to discuss her Newbery honor winning book, homesteading in the early 1900s, and the impact of WWI on American society. We’ll also see examples of WWI propaganda posters and real letters from WWI soldiers from our library’s vast collections.
About Hattie Big Sky
In the midst of World War I, 16 year old orphan Hattie Brooks receives a letter from an estranged uncle saying he has left her all his land...in Vida, Montana. Hattie can claim the land as her own if she can “prove up” on it in a year. After Hattie takes on the challenge, she finds a struggle not only with the land but also the anti-German sentiment around her that threatens her friendship with the Muellers, German immigrant homesteaders. “Larson creates a masterful picture of the homesteading experience and the people who persevered.”–School Library Journal, Starred review
About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home, then attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, and Donna Jo Napoli, plus museum curators, historians, and other experts.
This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.