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'Brodahl Sampler' will honor memory of Betsey Brodahl


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Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2012, 8:49 pm
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The Augustana Historical Society has dedicated its 2012 Annual Dinner to a celebration of the life and legacy of Betsey Brodahl, dean emerita at Augustana College and a former board member of AHS.

The program begins at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the Westerlin Dining Center, 3200 10th Ave., Rock Island.

Ms. Brodahl, who died April 20 at the age of 89, was a professor and administrator at Augustana for 40 years. She continued to have an impact on the Quad-Cities community following her retirement in 1987. She was a tireless promoter of the arts until a stroke in 2004 prompted her to move closer to family in Nebraska.

On Nov. 7, Dr. Ann Boaden, author of "Light and Leaven: Women Who Shaped Augustana's First Century," will speak about Ms. Brodahl. Following dessert, the program will move to the adjacent House on the Hill, where Ms. Brodahl lived for half a century. There, former Quad-Cities Poet Laureate Dick Stahl will present original poems inspired by Ms. Brodahl and her many passions.

Price for the dinner and program is $25 per person, with reservations required by Thursday. For information and reservations, call (309) 794-7419 or email kaiswanson@augustana.edu.



















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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