Native author to discuss her book and the life of Harriet Hosmer October 18

Barbara Kailean Welsh, the author of “Blazing a trail: The unconventional life of Harriet Hosmer,” will be discussing her book and its namesake at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. with a light supper being served at 5:30 p.m. Harriet Goodhue Hosmer became America’s first female sculptor, with her work still displayed across the globe.

Attendees will hear the story of her life, from childhood tragedy to fame and notoriety, always boldly taking the path that was right for her. They will also learn about her historical connection to Lansing.

Welsh, the book’s author, grew up on a farm near Lansing. Her interest in local history began with her grandmother’s antique postcards and grew through her work as editor of The Allamakee Journal.


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