Jean Lyman, Sara Eggleston, and Michelle Smith, members of the Houston City Breakfast Club, were so inspired by a recent breakfast speaker that they purchased her books and donated them to the Little Free Library in West U's Colonial Park. Award-winning author Debra Winegarten, of Austin, TX, specializes in historical books about Texas women. Her recent book for middle school readers features Oveta Culp Hobby.
Oveta Culp Hobby had a life-long love of journalism and politics, beginning at age 21 when she served as parliamentarian for the Texas State Legislature. She and her husband, former Texas Governor Bill Hobby Sr, owned the Houston Post. During World War II, Oveta organized the Women's Army Corps, designed the women's uniforms, achieved the rank of colonel, and was the first woman to receive the Army's Distinguished Service Award. Oveta went on to become the first director of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where she was instrumental in the fight against polio.
Little Free Libraries are dedicated to the principal of "Take a Book, Give a Book". If Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist is unavailable in West U's Colonial Park, you can find more information about the book on the author's website.