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Friends: Annual Meeting Presentation Explores Lost Art of Letter-Writing

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library will host their annual meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 10 a.m. in the Library's Meeting Room upstairs.

Celia Daniels, Humanities Kansas Speakers Bureau

As part of its annual meeting, the Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library will host Celia Daniels for a presentation and discussion of “You’ve Got Mail: Exploring Letter-Writing Through Time,” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Mary Cotton Public Library meeting room. Members of the community are invited to attend this free program. There will be a short business meeting followed by the speaker. Light refreshments will be provided.

About the Speaker

At one time, daily letter-writing bound us together. Today, ubiquitous emails, texts and social media messages challenge this time-honored tradition. Daniels’ talk weaves together a historical look at letter-writing from the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and historical figures like Abigail Adams and Jane Austen to the intimate, everyday shared experiences between sweethearts, friends and family members. Is letter-writing a tradition lost? Or will a renewed interest take hold again?

Daniels is an independent museum consultant specializing in ethnographic collections. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and anthropology and a master’s degree was in museum studies.

For 15 years, Daniels directed the public education program at the K.U. Museum of Anthropology. She has curated and assisted with the development of numerous exhibits and taught programs on a variety of anthropological and cross-cultural topics to groups of all ages. Her initial research on letter writing was part of a two-year educational program created for the Nautilus Club of Topeka, a 127-year-old Women's Study Club in Topeka.

Contact the Friends of the MCPL at for more information. The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.

About Humanities Kansas

Humanities Kansas is an independent non- profit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit

About the Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library

The Friends is a local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to support the library's role in and service to the community. A volunteer, yearly-elected Board of Directors is the governing body for the Friends and is responsible for fulfilling the group's mission. Be a part of new initiatives to enhance your local library and support a valuable community resource that serves all ages - join the Friends today! Visit for more information.


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