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Dr. Nancy Hendricks to sign Caraway
book at Dean B. Ellis Library Nov. 4
October 25, 2010
On Thursday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. Dr. Nancy Hendricks will sign copies of
her new book "Dear Mrs. Caraway, Dear Mr. Kays" at a special event on
the Arkansas State University campus. Hendricks will appear at the third
space of the Dean B. Ellis Library, 322 University Loop West Circle.
Along with opening a new exhibit of previously-unseen Caraway photos and
letters, Hendricks will read from the book and sign copies, which will
be available for sale. The book is based on the private correspondence
between long-time Arkansas State president V. C. Kays and Hattie Caraway
of Jonesboro, the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the
cash-only discounted price of $10.
Hendricks, director of ASU alumni communications, is an award-winning
writer whose previous play, "Miz Caraway and the Kingfish," depicts
Caraway's colorful 1932 election campaign with Louisiana Sen. Huey Long.
Its New Orleans production was held over for an extended run and
nominated by the American Critics Association for 'Best Play Produced
Outside New York.' Hendricks has received the Pryor Award for Arkansas
Women's History, the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award, and the White House
Millennium Award for her writing.
For two years, Hendricks researched the Caraway material found in about
a thousand documents in
the V. C. Kays papers donated to the Arkansas State University Archives
by his son Buddy Kays in 2001. Along with Caraway's role in securing the
ROTC unit in the 1930s and an Army College Training Detachment at
A-State during World War II, nine buildings were constructed on campus
with her help during the Depression, four of which are still in use.
The book contains the full text of the Kays/Caraway letters which
Hendricks used in writing her play of the same name which was presented
recently as the grand finale of the ASU Centennial Celebration. It also
refutes what Hendricks calls the 'Silent Hattie myth' that Caraway was
ineffectual as a Senator. In addition, the book includes a rare
interview with Caraway's granddaughter, her last living direct
descendant, as well as previously-unseen photos from the Caraway family.
The book signing should
have special appeal to those with an interest in history or politics. No
reservations are necessary for this free event at the Dean B. Ellis
Library. For more information contact
April Sheppard at the Dean
B. Ellis library at 870-972-2766.
Photos: top right, Dr. Nancy Hendricks,
bottom left, Senator Hattie W. Caraway.
Photos courtesy of Dr. Nancy Hendricks.
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