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Monday, September 30, 2013 12:07 AM

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ARCHBOLD – As part of her Midwest book tour, author Shirley Showalter will be at Sauder Village on Thursday and Friday to promote her new book “Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World.” Guests will have an opportunity to meet Showalter at an evening book signing and can also attend a free lecture Friday morning at Historic Sauder Village.

Born into a plain-dressing, plain-speaking Mennonite farm family in Lancaster County, Penn., Showalter was named for Shirley Temple, a movie star she was forbidden to watch. Growing up with her nose pressed to the window of the glittering world, that sheltered farm girl went on to become president of Goshen College and a foundation executive at The Fetzer Institute. Shirley is now a writer, speaker, blogger and consultant living in Harrisonburg, Va.

In her Mennonite memoir, Showalter recounts a farm girl’s life among the “plain” people of Lancaster County and her yearning for the “fancy” world. Her book is a richly textured, and affectionate, look at an American religious subculture that has fascinated outsiders for centuries, complete with Mennonite recipes and vintage photos. Shirley’s book will be available for sale at the Sauder Village Gift Shop as well as at the book signings on Thursday and Friday.

Showalter will be at the Sauder Heritage Inn lobby at 7 p.m. She will have books for sale and will be visiting with guests and signing her books throughout the evening.

At 10 a.m. Friday, Showalter will present a free lecture in the Museum Building at Historic Sauder Village. Guests are sure to be inspired by her presentation “Using Photos as Windows into the Past and into the Spirit: Suggestions for How to Connect Images and Words in Telling Your Story.” She will also be signing books.

For more information about Showalter and her new book, visit her website:

Other upcoming events at Sauder Village include the All Aboard Train Event on Saturday and Sunday, Fall on the Farm/Scout Day on Oct. 12, Community Health Day on Oct. 19 and Woodcarvers Show & Sale on Oct. 26 and 27.

Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and each Sunday afternoon from noon-4 p.m. The Historic Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the Historic Village for an entire year. Senior, Military and AAA discounts are also available. Again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday!

For more information, phone 1-800-590-9755, visit, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Last Updated on Monday, September 30, 2013 12:12 AM

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