The Lois Phillips Hudson project is an outgrowth, and now independent work, of the Rural Lit RALLY Initiative (http://rurallitrally.org/). Both the Lois Phillips Hudson project and the Rural Lit RALLY Initiative are under the direction of Dr. Paul G. Theobald, noted educational historian and Dean, School of Education, Buena Vista University, and are joint projects of Buena Vista and Buffalo State College.
Shortly after the inception of Rural Lit RALLY (RLR), we attempted to contact Dr. Hudson, hoping to interview her for the site. Regrettably, we were notified by her family that she had passed away just a few short months before they received our letter. Over a period of a few months, RLR established a rapport with Lucy Hudson, Lois’ daughter, and Mary Snow, Lois’ partner of many years. This relationship ultimately led to their donation of Dr. Hudson’s papers to RLR, for archiving and research purposes, and the establishment of this website aimed at preserving and promoting Dr. Hudson’s legacy.
In the months since, we have moved steadily forward to increase interest in Dr. Hudson’s life and work. Currently, we are partnering with the Redmond Historical Society (RHS; http://www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org/RHS/index.php ), which has agreed to host a small exhibit on Dr. Hudson; RHS in turn introduced us to the Redmond Library, which agreed to host an exhibit on Dr. Hudson at its facility during December, 2012.
We look forward to continuing work on many levels, in many areas, to renew interest in what we believe is one of our country’s great authors before our collective memory of her contributions to literature, environmental, and women’s issues, can be lost.
http://loisphillipshudson.org/wordpress is very interested in hearing from anyone who knew Dr. Hudson and would be interested in sharing their stories and memories of her. Please contact us at email@example.com.