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Pen Name: Marilyn Irvin Holt
Born: 1949 in Norris City, Illinois
Marilyn is a native of Eldorado, Illinois. She reveived degrees from Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Springfield, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional Information
Holt is former director of publications at the Kansas Historical Society and has served as a research consultant for the PBS American Experience series. She is author of The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America and Linoleum, Better Babies, and the Modern Farm Woman, 1890–1930 and of Indian Orphanages which received the Oklahoma Historical Society's Book of the Year Award in 2001 and was a finalist for the Oklahoma Center for the Book's award for best non-fiction. Indian Orphanages is one of the first book lengh studies of the evolustion of the orphanage system in Native American culture. She also edited a volume devoted to twentieth-century teenagers' diaries and journals.
Today Marilyn Holt is an Independant Historian who consults on Kansas History.
- The Orphan Trains, Placing Out in America, Bison Books, 1994
- Model Ts, Pep Chapels, and a Wolf at the Door: Kansas Teenagers, 1900-1941, University of Kansas, 1995
- Children of the Western Plains: The Nineteenth-Century Experience (American Childhoods), Ivan R. Dee, 2003
- Indian Orphanages, University Press of Kansas, 2004
- Linoleum, Better Babies & the Modern Farm Woman, 1890-1930, University of Nebraska Press, 2006
- Mamie Doud Eisenhower: The General's First Lady (Modern First Ladies), University Press of Kansas, 2007
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America (Bison Book)
Release Date: 1994-02-01
- Indian Orphanages received the Oklahoma Historical Society's Book of the Year Award in 2001 and was a finalist for the Oklahoma Center for the Book's award for best non-fiction.
- Marilyn was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.
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