Letters from Clara with author Janet Newman

May 14, 2022

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Woodson History Center
410 Mcindoe St
Wausau, WI


Marathon County Historical Society and Janke Book Store welcome author Janet Newman who will discuss her new book, Letters from Clara:  One Intrepid Woman’s Travels on the Eve of War, 1936-1939.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

In 1936 YWCA member Clara Pagel set off from Wausau on what would become a three-year world tour, traveling extensively throughout Asia, Africa and Europe as the world headed towards war.  A fascinating collection of letters to her UWCA friends back home documented her many adventures, as Clara witnessed history in the making and described the bombing of Shanghai, Italy under Mussolini, India during one of Gandhi’s hunger strikes and an earthquake in Manila.  Now, In Letters from Clara, author Janet Newman vividly bring Clara’s life and letters to light, offering the story of a remarkable, independent woman on an unexpected but fulfilling journey to learn about the world and herself.

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