Earlham Bricker-Price Senior Series–May 2021

10:00 Friday mornings

Bricker-Price Block, Earlham, Iowa

These are all live-streamed and recorded, so if you missed my grandmotherly-voiced presentation about Leora’s Dexter Stories, it’s still on their Facebook page. Here are the surprising Senior Speaker Series offerings for May:

May 7 – Nancy Trask, MLS, retired director of the Winterset Library, will give a presentation on Iowa’s Monuments Man, George Stout. (George Clooney’s character, Frank Stokes, in the movie was based on Winterset’s own George Stout. Yes, he was from Iowa.)

Stout is also featured on the Madison County Freedom Rock.

May 14 – Quilts of Valor is based in Winterset. Jeri Beem, Iowa’s State Coordinator, will talk about this great way to honor the service of our veterans.

This group is also featured on the Madison County Freedom Rock.

May 21 – Rod Stanley, oral historian, will talk about the Orton Brothers Circus.  (See pages 6 and 7.) A Dallas County town was the winter headquarters for the circus, and is said to have an elephant graveyard.

May 28 – Jack Oatts, the Father of Jazz Education in Iowa, began teaching at Earlham High School. Earlham graduates Marilyn Lawson Bode and Bev Schardein Welshons will talk about those great years of playing in one or more of the Earlham bands while Mr. Oatts was the director there. Others are also welcome to share their stories.

You may attend these programs in person or streamed through the Bricker-Price Block Facebook page.


Located in Madison County, Iowa, in the small town of Earlham, the Bricker-Price Block (consisting of C.D. Bricker Building, 115 S. Chestnut Ave. on the south, and W. Price Building, 105 S. Chestnut Ave. on the north).

The Bricker-Price Block occupies the prominent southwest corner at the intersection of First Street and Chestnut Avenue in the Earlham central business district, located on two-thirds of a subdivided building lot. Built in 1900 to house the C.D. Bricker grocery and general store business and leased commercial space in the W.P. Price Building, with second-floor offices above each, the Bricker-Price Block also includes a 1919 one-story rear warehouse addition to the Bricker Building.

These two adjoining but separately owned buildings were built at the same time by the same builder with a unified façade and matching cast-iron storefronts, and thus the two buildings are jointly known historically as the Bricker-Price Block.

You may enter on the east and climb a flight of stairs, or from the north to use the elevator. It’s their Senior Series, but they won’t check your ID to see if you’re old enough.

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