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Virginia Mae Handy, American writer. Achievements include delivering the Doctor Frank Bicknell lecture to the Grosse Pointe Historical Society for February, 1999; giving a paper "From the Michigan Frontier to the City Beautiful" to the Pioneer America Society in Richmond, Virginia, 2000, P.A.S.T., 2001; judge for Michigan Genealogical Council.

Background

Handy, Virginia Mae was born on July 21, 1935 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States. Daughter of C. Russell and Mary Charlotte Edwards Handy.

Education

Associate of Arts, Benton Harbor Junior College, 1954. Bachelor cum laude, Western Michigan University, 1956.

Career

Cataloger Detroit Public Library., 1956—1962, Lakehead University Library., Thunder Bay, Canada, 1964—1967, Sodus Township Library., Sodus, Michigan, 1968—1972. Medical records abstractor Mercy-Memorial Medical Center, Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, 1972—1991. Log Cabin Day coordinator, editor Log Cabin Society Michigan, Sodus, since 1987.

Fiber arts instructor Salvation Army Center for the Arts, Benton Harbor, 1997—2005. Spinning and weaving demonstrator, since 1975. Professional consultant for log cabins Michigan Humanities Council, East Lansing, since 2002.

Columnist Michigan Magazine, 1992—2008.

Achievements

  • Achievements include delivering the Doctor Frank Bicknell lecture to the Grosse Pointe Historical Society for February, 1999. Giving a paper "From the Michigan Frontier to the City Beautiful" to the Pioneer America Society in Richmond, Virginia, 2000, P.A.S.T., 2001. Judge for Michigan Genealogical Council.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • Photographs in: Life's Canvas, International Society Photographers, 2000, Best Photos of 2000, 2001, Best Photos of 2003. Author: The Palmer Park Log Cabin: A Souvenir History, 2001, Flax Craft, a Collection of Newsletters, 1993-1999, 2002, 3rd edition, 2007, From the Little Log Cabin in the Lane, 2004, Sodus Township 150th, a History, 2009. Editor: Log Cabin News, the Quarterly Newsletter of the Log Cabin Society Michigan, since 1989, The Sodus News, 1995-1999, The Memoirs of John Handy, Sodus Farmer, 2005.

      Contributor articles to journals in field.

Membership

Founder Log Cabin Day in Michigan, 1987. Leader 4-H, 1975—1985. Member Blossomland Arts and Cultural Council, St. Joseph, Michigan, 1993—1994.

Organizer Detroit 300 Event and Log Cabin Day, 2001. Lobbyist for Log Cabin Day bill Michigan Legislation, Lansing, 1988—1989. Member of Daughters Union Veterinary Civil War, Michigan Festivals and Events Association, Michigan Centennial Farm Association, Pioneer American Society, Log Cabin Society Michigan (co-founder 1988, secretary-treasurer since 1988, 10th Log Cabin Day plaque 1996), History Society Michigan, Michigan Barn Preservation Network.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Photography, piano, genealogy, restoring old garden and farm buildings, book collecting.

Connections

father:
C. Russell

mother:
Mary Charlotte Edwards Handy