The Mitchell County Historic Preservation Association will host its tenth annual Hamlin Garland Poetry Celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at 3907 Noble Avenue, in Burr Oak Township, northeast of Osage, where the Garland family lived in the 1870s.

The outdoor event will feature readings of Hamlin Garland’s nature poems.

The original Garland house, located at 3907 Noble Avenue, was built by Richard Garland, Hamlin’s father, and was home to the Garland family from 1872 until 1881, the year Hamlin left Mitchell County after his graduation from Cedar Valley Seminary. That same summer, his parents moved west to Dakota Territory, near present-day Aberdeen, South Dakota.

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Event organize Kurt Meyer said, “Garland expressed himself in many literary forms: novels, short stories, plays, magazine articles and, especially early in his career, in poetry. Many of these poems are set in Mitchell County and reflect the author’s deep love of nature, especially the Iowa prairie landscape.”

The public is invited to attend the celebration, which will be held rain or shine. Those attending are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. Refreshments will be served and there is no cost for attending.

Questions about the event can be directed to Meyer at meyer6601@aol.com.

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