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Alyssa Pressler
  • Lois Kathryn Herr, a local author, feminist, academic and politician, will be visiting York on Saturday.
  • She will discuss her latest book, "Dear Woman of My Dreams," at the York County Federation of Democratic Women.

Local author Lois Kathryn Herr will visit the York County Federation of Democratic Women on Saturday to discuss her latest novel, "Dear Woman of my Dreams."

Lois Kathryn Herr, local author and academic.

Herr was born and raised in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, and eventually graduated from Elizabethtown College, where both of her parents worked. She went on to obtain her master's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Fordham University in New York City, according to her website. In 1990, after 26 years in telecommunications, she returned to Lancaster County, where she bought a farm and became very involved in the local community.

According to a news release from the federation, "Dear Woman of My Dreams" is a series of stories from women in Herr's family, including her mother, Kathryn Nisley Herr. Set in 1923, the book is a coming-of-age story. The novel was written using a series of letters, journals, pictures and memorabilia.

"Dear Woman of My Dreams" is Herr's third book. She first published "Women, Power and AT&T: Winning Rights in the Workplace," about her years working in telecommunications with Bell Telephone Laboratories, AT&T, New York Telephone and NYNEX. Later she wrote "Dear Coach: Letters Home from World War II," a book about her father, Ira Risser Herr, and his work with athletes at Elizabethtown College, where he was the athletic director.

Since returning to Lancaster County, Lois Herr has been a teacher, senior administrator and scholar-in-residence at Elizabethtown College. She also has served as a chair of the Lancaster County Planning Commission and president of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, all while working on numerous state, local and nonprofit boards and commissions, according to her website.

The York County event will take place Saturday at Meadow Hill Restaurant, 2935 East Prospect Road, Windsor Township. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. for those who wish to network, and Herr will begin speaking and answering questions at 12:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and free. Lunch can be purchased from the restaurant.