Book on Marymount history to be released Nov. 18

November 10, 2014 by

web-mcjpeg-coverDr. Patricia Ackerman, a 1978 graduate of Marymount College who is now professor of language arts at Kansas State University at Salina, spent nearly four years researching and writing “Marymount College of Kansas: A History.” She says of her work,

“… There are many lenses through which the story of Marymount might be told. This book documents the college’s history through a 70-year-long paper trail, carefully preserved in the Nazareth Motherhouse archives.

“This is the story of how one visionary religious community constructed a million dollar college for women, on the frontier plains of Kansas, even before the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution granted women the right to vote. It is the story of how a 17-year-old Irish immigrant girl became Reverend Mother Antoinette Cuff and went on to petition the Vatican for permission to complete Marymount College.

“It is a testimonial to the possibilities that exist when public officials and religious leaders work together in the spirit of true progress.

“Threads of this story are woven into the lives of nearly 7,000 graduates who received bachelor’s degrees from Marymount College between 1922 and 1989.”

 The book will be released Nov. 18 and will be available online through the publisher, The History Press, and wherever books are sold.

Dr. Ackerman has scheduled several local book signings and talks:

  • Saturday, Nov. 15, 2-4 p.m. — former Marymount College Administration Building, Salina — Pre Release Book Signing. In recognition of “Marymount Day” held on Nov. 15 each year from 1922-1989, this special pre-release book signing will be held in the mezzanine of the former Marymount College Administration Building.
  • Saturday, Nov. 22, 2-4 p.m. — Talk and Book Signing  — Smoky Hill Museum, Salina
  • Tuesday, Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m. — Talk and Book Signing  — Rivendell Bookstore, Abilene, Kan.
  • Saturday, Dec. 6, 4-8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, 1-7 p.m. —Book Signing during Holiday Tour of Homes (St. Andrew’s Church), Abilene, Kan.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m. — Book Signing   — Books-A-Million, Central Mall, Salina



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