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Crazy for Horses Book Discussion

January 10, 2012

01/11/12 Join Margaret Carter as she kicks off the first gathering of her new Crazy for Horses book discussion group at the Culver-Union Township Public Library.  The movie, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, will be shown at noon Tuesday, January 24th followed by a brief discussion of Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Seabiscuit, upon which the film is based.

Margaret who was born in Lafayette, Indiana, while her father was working on his PhD at Purdue, fondly remembers visiting the family farm outside of Rochester.  At the age of four Margaret first visited the Rochester Carnegie Public Library; there she not only devoured all the books in the horse section of the children’s room, but was always amazed by how tall the steps were to the library entrance.  She also recalls being put backwards on a neighbor’s paint horse by her parents, but says that didn’t discourage her from becoming a librarian and a horse owner.

At the family farm, Margaret discovered her great-grandmother’s side saddle, a source of endless fascination to her.  Some 40 years later, she went on to become a founding member of the Hoosier Ladies Aside – a group of approximately twenty women who perform sidesaddle demonstrations at living history events and Civil War re-enactments.  Margaret participates in the Trail of Courage and the Redbud Rendezvous at the Fulton County Historical Society where she serves as a board member.

After living in California most of her adult life, Margaret is back in Indiana running the family farm, rescuing horses and  working with the Technical Services team at the Culver library as a cataloger.  In her spare time, you might find her designing and sewing period costumes or keeping the water pipes in her 145-year-old farm house from freezing.  So if you’re a member of the “horsey set” or just a history buff, bring a bag lunch and meet Margaret Carter as she shares her love of horses with our new book discussion group, Crazy for Horses.

The Culver-Union Township Public Library is located at 107 N. Main Street in Culver, IN.  You may reserve a copy of Seabiscuit by calling 574-842-2941.  All library events are free and open to the public.

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