Strong and influential female protagonists spring from the pages of some of literature’s most iconic books and into the Putnam starting Oct. 13 with the opening of the newest exhibit, Literary Heroines: Their Times, Their Fashions.

Take a critical look at the wardrobes and interests of exciting and memorable characters, as they come to life through vignettes examining heroines such as Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter books, Laura Ingalls from the Little House on the Prairie series and Jo March from Little Women.

The exhibit also features inspirational stories of Hometown Heroines through pre-recorded oral history excerpts from some successful local women. Included in our list of real-life heroines is Regina Tsosie, a Navajo activist for indigenous peoples; Maggie Tinsman, former Iowa State Senator and political activist; Zenaida Landeros, a Latina who works for women’s empowerment, and other strong, smart Quad-Cities women.

Literary Heroines features characters and authors of the following:

     • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

     • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

     • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

     • Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

     • Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

     • The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland 

     • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel 

     • Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash

     • Miss Fisher Mysteries by Kerry Greenwood 

     • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 

     • The Atomic City Girls: A Novel by Janet Beard 

     • The Help by Kathryn Stockett 

     • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

     • The Color Purple by Alice Walker

     • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

     • Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich 

     • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

     • Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

     • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

     • Wonder Woman comic books by Charles Moulton

Putnam Museum and Science Center • 1717 W. 12th Street • Davenport, Iowa
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