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Name:  May Theilgaard Watts  

Pen Name: May Petrea Theilgaard Watts

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1893 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

May Watts grew up in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

May began a teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse outside of the city. She attended college during the summer at the University of Chicago, where she studied botany and ecology with Henry Chandler Cowles. Watts graduated in 1918 as a Phi Beta Kappa.She has had the May T. Watts Nature Park in Highland Park, Illinois, and the May Watts Elementary School in Naperville, Illinois, named after her. Her house in Highland Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The May Theilgaard Watts Reading Garden of Morton Arboretum was named for her in 1963.


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