Spangler Learning Center has a new exhibition in the display case on the bottom floor highlighting Anne O’Hare McCormick.
McCormick graduated as valedictorian from the Academy of St. Mary’s of the Springs in 1898, and thirty years later was awarded an honorary degree from St. Mary’s of the Springs College, in recognition of her achievements as a journalist. (The Academy of St. Mary’s of the Springs became St. Mary’s of the Springs College, which eventually was renamed Ohio Dominican University in 2002).
While traveling overseas with her husband, an international businessman, Anne O’Hare McCormick began submitting stories to The New York Times in the early 1920’s. Soon after, she developed interview relationships with important political figures, such as Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini, and many readers learned to depend on her analyses of world events. McCormick published her first book, The Hammer and the Scythe: Communist Russia Enters the Second Decade, in 1928, but no other books by her were published during her lifetime, despite pleas from publishers. In 1936 McCormick became the first woman ever appointed to the editorial board of The New York Times, and a Pulitzer Prize soon followed.
Visit the exhibition in the library to learn more about this brilliant woman, to read a couple of her articles, and to view some of the books she collected and eventually donated to this library, including one that was signed by Harry Truman!