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One Reason the List Was Published

In 1850, Helen Fitch (later Helen Fitch Parker) tried to publish a description of a new species of snail by having her future Brother-in-Law present it as a paper before the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Louis Agassiz … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 41: Helen’s Life and a New Mystery

Last Friday I went to the third floor of The University of Iowa’s Main Library, and visited the “Iowa Women’s Archives”.   I was hoping to find some information about Helen Eliza Fitch Parker there.  The archives of the Bradley Family listed … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 32: Helen’s Other Books

In the long list of books that Helen Parker wrote, three seem to be about natural history and deal with invertebrates.  Rambles after Land Shells is the only one available on line.  Frank’s Search for Sea Shells has been available in the … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 29: Helen Rambles

  Rambles After Land Shells is a very unusual book.  First notice the publisher—The American Tract Society.  That publisher primarily publishes religious books, and has for most of its history. The time frame is notable as well.  The book was … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 28: Introducing Helen Fitch Parker

I have an obsession with this little butterfly, Oarisma poweshiek, which was discovered in Grinnell, Iowa, just twenty or so miles from where I grew up.  I have tried unsuccessfully to photograph it, and tried (before I realized just how … Continue reading

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