February 27, 2009
Dr. Bridget Pieschel, English professor and director of the Southern Women''s Institute at Mississippi University for Women, will review the book "Golden Girls: Reminiscences of Alumnae, Mississippi State College for Women," which she edited from oral histories of graduates from the 1920s to 1957. The monthly Friends of the Library Book Talk will be Wednesday, March 11, at 2 p.m. in the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library at 314 Seventh St. N.
All "MSCW Golden Girls" are urged to come en mass to the talk to relive their college days, learn what many of their classmates have done and are doing with their lives since their graduations and to show support and loyalty to "our dear old MSC."
A golden girl is one who graduated 50 years or more ago from MSCW and MUW. It would be 1974 before the college became Mississippi University for Women. Long before students were called "W Girls," they were sometimes referred to as "Missy Dear."
"In the 1930s and 1940s, women with four-year college degrees found it difficult to break into the working world -- other than teaching -- and especially into jobs usually held by men," Pieschel recounts.
Pieschel is no novice to writing books about MUW history. Her book, "Loyal Daughters: 100 Years of MUW from 1884 to 1984," is in the History and Archives room at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and also in the library collections for patrons to check out at the main branch near downtown Columbus and the branch at Caledonia. "Golden Girls" is in the History and Archives but not in the collection at this time.
Everyone is welcome to stay after the review to meet and talk with Pieschel. Signed copies of "Golden Days" will be available for sale at the close of the program.
Library Book Talks are held the second Wednesday of each month from September through May and are always open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 662-328-5300.