The first family to win the coveted author prize awarded during the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival
The Miller Family joins the ranks of award-winning authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder and former First Lady Laura Bush, both past recipients of the prestigious Ella Dickey Literacy Award. Honored for their joint effort in preserving history through literature, the Miller Family receives this award for their book, Soldiers’ Stories: A Collection of WWII Memoirs. The awards ceremony scheduled for April 27, 2017, in Marshfield, Missouri, is in conjunction with the town’s three-day annual Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival.
2017 Ella Dickey Literacy Award winners:
- The Miller Family for their work preserving WWII veterans’ stories and photos in the book, Soldiers’ Stories: A Collection of WWII Memoirs. The five adult siblings receiving the award are Myra Miller, Ph.D., Ken Miller, Del Miller, Marshall Miller, and Lynette Miller Ballard.
- Charlotte Stewart (Ms. Beadle, Little House on the Prairie television show) honored for her book, Little House in the Hollywood Hills.
- Dorinda Nicholson for her book, Pearl Harbor Child: A Child’s View of Pearl Harbor from Attack to Peace.
- Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas, from the famous 1897 editorial, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. Honored for her contribution to Christmas lore and literature, she will be represented at the award ceremony by her grandson, Jim Temple.
- Kathy Garver (Cissy, Family Affair television show) for her book, Surviving Cissy: My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood.
The Ella Dickey Literacy Award presented annually in honor of Marshfield’s first librarian, Ella Dickey. Dickey served in this capacity for over 50 years. The award honors national authors who have contributed to the preservation of history and was first presented in 2002 by the Webster County Literacy Council.
Also in attendance at the 2017 festival will be David Roosevelt (grandson of Franklin D. Roosevelt), Mary Eisenhower (granddaughter of Dwight D. Eisenhower), Jonathan Sandys (great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill), Jennifer Harville (great-granddaughter of President Calvin Coolidge), George Cleveland (grandson of Grover Cleveland), Bertram Hayes-Davis (great, great-grandson of Jefferson Davis), in addition to other names soon to be announced.