Author Lois Kathryn Herr to Visit Milanof-Schock Library!

Lois Kathryn Herr

On Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m., the Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy will host local author Lois Kathryn Herr who will talk about her book “Dear Woman of My Dreams.” Please visit the Library’s website to register for this program or call 653-1510.

Herr has released the first in a new book series in which she gives voice to three generations of women and the struggles and successes that shaped them. An eye-opening portrait of the journey of the modern woman, “Dear Woman of My Dreams” is real-life fiction, creatively rendered and based on extensive family archives which include letters, journals, pictures and other memorabilia.

Dear Woman of My Dreams bookcoverThis book is the first in a series of stories that chart the experiences of the women in Herr’s family. With photographs and diary entries, the book follows the author’s mother, Kathryn Nisley Herr, and her experiences as a young woman in 1923. This coming-of-age story is told in Kathryn’s own words as she goes about her daily life at Lebanon Valley College with her friends and with her mother and grandmother at home in Harrisburg as well as on a cross-country train trip. She writes to the woman that she sees as herself in later years, and the book closes with a brief chapter based on letters and the diary Kathryn wrote when she was 100 years old.

People in the area will know Kathryn from her adult years in Elizabethtown – teaching at the Elizabethtown High School and Elizabethtown College, serving as president of the Elizabeth Hughes Society, and partnering with her husband Ira in growing the Elizabethtown Public Library. Active in her church (the Evangelical United Brethren, later St. Paul’s Methodist), she established their church library.

For more information about the author, visit

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