Dover Museum to host Iowa author Mary Kay Shanley

On Sunday, Aug. 19, at 1:30 p.m., the Dover Museum in New London will host Humanities Iowa speaker, Mary Kay Shanley, of Des Moines. She is a best-selling author and speaker. She will be presenting her free program titled, ?The Obituary ? Yours or Someone Else?s.?

Obituaries were published in America as early as the 16th century, but those were generally of the aristocracy. Later newspaper obits began appearing with regularity for soldiers, public servants, adventurers, and celebrities telling of their lives as well as their deaths.

In the late 1900s, ?Common Man? obituaries became routine. They could be written by a family member or the deceased (before one?s death). Shanley will tell the things the public should know about obituaries. What one may think is insignificant may be very important to others, especially extended family.

Following the presentation will be a mini-workshop session.