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2016 Friends of the WMI Lecture Series

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Rental Policy for the Maclure Room for the Dissemination of Useful Knowledge

Rental Policy Maclure Room for the Dissemination of Useful Knowledge Room Features · Perfect space for your meeting or event. · Can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 50. · Audio Visual system · Kitchenette for refreshment preparation. Rates · For-Profit Organizations and out-of-county Individuals $50 per

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Internet Safety Website

Do you have questions about Internet safety, security, and privacy?  Check this site for information and answers.  

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A French Woman on the Wabash


            March is Women’s History Month.  For a small town, New Harmony has a rich history of notable women.  From 1814 – 1824 New Harmony was home to Gertrude Rapp.  Although Gertrude remained loyal to the beliefs of her grandfather her whole life, it did not stop her from having a rich and full life in an era when most women were relegated to the kitchen and nursery.

            Gertrude was well educated, a gifted musician and an accomplished businesswoman.  She mastered the art of silk making and turned it into a moneymaking venture for the Harmony Society. 

            Like Gertrude, Marie Duclos Fretageot did not fit the mold for 19th women. 

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WMI Partners with New Harmony School to Encourage Young Readers


            The Working Men’s Institute has recently purchased the complete sets of Indiana Young Hoosier Picture Books, Intermediate Books and Middle School Books for 2011-2012.  That’s 60 books deemed to be outstanding in their categories.

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Father Time and his Children


            In the stacks of the WMI there is a lovely little book published in 1913 titled “Festival Plays.”  Authored by Marguerite Merington, it harkens back to the day when children’s programs were punctuated by recitations. 

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