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May 2015

1930: Edward Stratemeyer dies on 5/10

May 10, 2015
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June 2015

Nancy Drew Sleuths “Mini-Con” in New Jersey on the Stratemeyer Syndicate

June 11, 2015 - June 13, 2015
Unnamed Venue Maplewood,NJUnited States + Google Map

The Nancy Drew Sleuths are putting on three “Mini-Cons” this year and James D. Keeline is the invited speaker on the history of Edward Stratemeyer and the Stratemeyer Syndicate. We will be celebrating Nancy Drew’s 85th anniversary and the Stratemeyer Syndicate’s 110th Anniversary. ITINERARY: Thurs. June 11 – Meet & Greet: 7:30pm at Hampton Inn. Fri. June 12 – Tour of Stratemeyer Syndicate sites and Book Hunting Sat. June 13 – Library Event (10:30am-12:30pm at the Maplewood Public Library–includes talk on…

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November 2016

Del Mar Antique Show and Sale

November 18, 2016 @ 11:00 am - November 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar,CA92014United States
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Christmas in November We will offer Nancy Drew and other collectible series books and children's books at the Del Mar Antique Show and Sale at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County, California on Friday through Sunday, November 18-20, 2016.  Friday and Saturday the hours are 11-7.  Sunday the show is open from 11-5. Admission is $8 per person and parking is around $10.  Contact me about postcards that will admit two people by Wednesday November 16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW5RXB6XD7M The…

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June 2018

Stratemeyer Syndicate 101: Where Did All of Those Books Come From?

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oasis Lifelong Learning Center at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, Suite 269
La Mesa,CA91942United States
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Do you remember reading popular books like Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift and the Bobbsey Twins?  These were all products of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, a book packager founded by Edward Stratemeyer in 1905.  Through some ingenious methods, they produced some 1,400 volumes between 1905 and 1985 in both famous and obscure series. They helped to establish a large market for reading series books that attracted many competitors. This presentation will introduce, or perhaps reintroduce, you to this fascinating…

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Nancy Drew: The Story Behind America’s Favorite Teen Sleuth

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oasis Lifelong Learning Center at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, Suite 269
La Mesa,CA91942United States
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Chances are you've read some or "all" of the Nancy Drew books available when you were a child. In nearly 90 years she has both entertained and inspired generations through her independence and inquisitiveness. Modern mystery books often have Nancy Drew references. Women leaders have repeatedly named her as an inspiration for their career choices. The story behind Nancy Drew, he creation and the books written and revised over time, is one of Carolyn Keene's greatest mysteries. This presentation will…

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July 2018

The Early History of Disneyland as Seen on the Pages of the Disneyland News

July 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oasis Lifelong Learning Center at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, Suite 269
La Mesa,CA91942United States
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Walt Disney opened the doors to his famous theme park in July 1955. From the beginning, guests could purchase copies of the monthly newspaper for the park called the Disneyland News. Notably, its articles include details that are absent from many historical retrospectives. Join us for a truly captivating lecture which will highlight the people and places which make up Disneyland’s lost history. No matter how many times you have visited Disneyland, you’ll be surprised with some of the news…

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Classics From Page to Screen: Adapting Literature Into the Disney Films and TV Shows

July 28 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Garden Grove Historical Society, 12174 Euclid Street
Garden Grove,CA92840United States
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The majority of the Disney films and television programs were inspired by books.  Of course, when being adapted for the screen, there are many changes necessary.  Critics sometimes complain about the Disney version eclipsing the original literature.  The changes are often due to different storytelling media.  This presentation will survey the surprising range of books that were transformed by Disney over the years with many examples of first printings of the books and the ones that were likely referred to by the studio.

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October 2018

Tom Swift

How Tom Swift Invented Everything

October 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oasis Lifelong Learning Center at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, Suite 269
La Mesa,CA91942United States
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Tom Swift was the popular young inventor character created by the Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1910.  There were actually five series with characters named Tom Swift through 2007.  Whatever Tom was working on was just what was needed for the next adventure.  Interestingly, most of the inventions and vehicles in the stories have parallels which were proposed or created in real life.  The relationship of which one came first, inspiring the other, will be covered.

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Nancy Drew: The Story Behind America’s Favorite Teen Sleuth

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Point Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire St
Point Loma,CA92107United States
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Chances are you've read some or "all" of the Nancy Drew books available when you were a child. In nearly 90 years she has both entertained and inspired generations through her independence and inquisitiveness. Modern mystery books often have Nancy Drew references. Women leaders have repeatedly named her as an inspiration for their career choices. The story behind Nancy Drew, he creation and the books written and revised over time, is one of Carolyn Keene's greatest mysteries. This free presentation…

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November 2018

The Mine Train Thru Nature’s Wonderland: How Disneyland Built a Popular Train Ride Inspired by Oscar-winning films.

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oasis Lifelong Learning Center at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, Suite 269
La Mesa,CA91942United States
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Frontierland was a favorite part of Disneyland for Walt and many of the visitors.  A big part of this section in the 1950s through the 1970s was the seven-acre area called Nature's Wonderland.  Many visitors rode a train through forests, deserts, and into the spectacular multicolored waterfalls of Rainbow Caverns.  The development of this area and what it has become today will be discussed.

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