Lenox Library to Host Author Marilyn Haus

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LENOX, Mass. — The Lenox Library will host local author Marilyn Haus on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss her new memoir, "Half of a Whole: My Fight for a Separate Life."
Due to recent COVID restrictions, the event will now be held via Zoom. Meeting details may be found on the Library's website at https://lenoxlib.org or the Library's Facebook page.
"Half of a Whole" explores the bond between a twin brother and sister, what occurs when one of them becomes mentally ill, and the courage required to break away when love is not enough.
Just when Marilyn Peterson Haus thought she had escaped life as the child of born-again farmers on the Minnesota plains, her twin brother's manic violence catapults her back to the fissures of her childhood. Half of a Whole is the haunting chronicle of her twin's encroaching mental illness, her mother's blatant favoritism, and the stultifying strictures of her family's religious zealotry. Sentence by sentence, she battles to break free from a painful past and live life on her own terms.
Marilyn Peterson Haus grew up on a Minnesota farm. Having retired from a business career, she enjoys gardening, cross country skiing, and listening to classical music. She lives with her husband in Lenox.

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Ventfort Hall: The Making of a Cosmopolitan Capital

LENOX, Mass.— Prof. Gary H. Darden returns to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum to give a visual presentation on "The Making of a Cosmopolitan Capital:  Washington, D.C. from Frontier Town to Global Metropolis." 
His lecture is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 pm.
With the establishment of Washington, D.C. in 1790 as the site of a brand-new capital city, the once dirt-road frontier city of the fragile American Republic emerged from the ashes of the War of 1812 to become a political center for a burgeoning continental empire and eventually a global colossus by the Cold War era. According to Dardin, the scale and scope of its civic architecture and cultural assets soon matched its economic and political weight on par with its European counterparts.  
In 2016, Darden lectured at Ventfort Hall on the decline of the British aristocracy leading up to World War I and a year later presented a talk on the architectural rivalries within the Vanderbilt family. Thereafter he covered the White House from presidential palace to the people's palace. 
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