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Letters to the Children of Troy

Letters to the Children of Troy

In May 1971, the Troy Public Library at 510 West Big Beaver opened its doors to the public.

To honor that occasion, then-Troy children’s librarian Marguerite Hart wrote to dozens of actors, authors, artists, musicians, playwrights, librarians, and politicians of the day. She asked them to write a letter to the children of Troy about their memories of reading and of books, and the importance of libraries.

Hart received 97 Letters to the Children of Troy from individuals who spanned the arts, sciences, and politics across the 50 states, Canada, and several other countries. Those replying included First Lady Pat Nixon; Michigan Governor William Milliken; Governor of California (and future president) Ronald Reagan; first-man-on-the-moon Neil Armstrong; Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown; authors Isaac Asimov, Hardie Gramatky, Dr. Seuss, Dr. Ben Spock, and E.B. White; and actors Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Vincent Price, and Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.

In collecting these letters, Marguerite Hart created a snapshot of the cultural and political landscape of the early 1970s. She accumulated a diverse anthology of letters that enriches the Troy Public Library’s remarkable history, and one that is a lasting tribute to the children of Troy – past, present, and future.

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DanRowan-DickMartin
David_M_Kennedy
Deane_Davis
Douglas_FairbanksJR-1
DrSeuss
EB_White
Edgar_Whitcomb
Edmund_Muskie
Edward_Ardizzone-1
Edward_Johnston-1
Elliot_Richardson
F_Pilkingtona-response-for-EM-Almedingen
Forrest_Anderson
Francis_Sargent
Frank_Licht
George_Romney
Hardie_Gramatky-3
Harry_Golden
Helen_Gurley_Brown
Herbert_Zim
Isaac_Asimov-1
James_Dorris
James_Yaffe
Jane_Geske-1
John_Berryman
John_Burns-1
John_Chafee
John_Gilligan
John_Haydon
John_Lindsay
John_Love
Joseph_Alioto
Julian_Bond
Kingsley_Amis_2
L.F._ChapmanJR
Linwood_Holton
Lisl_Weil
Luis_Ferre_1
Luis_Ferre_2
Malcolm_Boyd
Margaret_Smith
Mario_Pei_1
Mario_Pei_2
Mario_Pei_3
Mary_Hemingway
Mike_OCallaghan
Neil_Armstrong_1
Neil_Armstrong_2
Neil_Simon
Nelson_Rockefeller
Olga_Pobutsky
Pat_Nixon
Patsy_T._Mink
Pearl_Bailey
Pearl_Buck
Pierre_Elliott_Trudeau
Preston_Smith
R.W_Fleming
Reubin_Askew
Richard_Armour_1
Richard_Armour_2
Richard_Ogilvie
Robert_Docking
Roman_Gribbs
Roman_Gribbs
Ronald_Reagan
Russell_Peterson
Saul_Alinsky
Secretary-to-Pope_1
Secretary-to-Pope_2
Spiro_Agnew
Stan_Hathaway
Standford_Winston
Suzanne_Gauthier
Vincent_Price
Virginia_Chase
Walter_Havinghurst_1
Walter_Havinghurst_2
Welthy_Fisher_1
Welthy_Fisher_2
Welthy_Fisher_3
William_Broomfield
William_Dix_1
William_Dix_2
William_Egan
William_Levitt
William_Milliken
William_White

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