Library’s history program features cartoonist

Published 8:13 pm Thursday, July 6, 2006

By Staff
In honor of our nation's birthday, the library's annual American History Program will be held Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.
This year's program will feature a presentation on The History of Political Cartooning by Lee P. Sauer. As he traces the roots of political cartooning from France to Britain to America, Sauer – who was twice named "Best Weekly Political Cartoonist" in the state of Indiana by the Hoosier State Press Association – illustrates his talk with drawings on a dry erase board.
Sauer has worked as an elementary school teacher, storekeeper, commercial fisherman, t-shirt artist, gravedigger, sign painter, reporter, editor, photographer and director of a university public relations department.
During the time he worked for newspapers, Sauer developed cartoon strips. One of his characters – The Recyclone, superhero of the recycling movement – appeared in several newspapers and eventually came to life on stage.
Currently, Sauer works full-time as a freelance writer and illustrator. As a writer, he produces press releases, magazine articles, book-length histories of companies and biographies. As an artist, he draws quick caricatures by the hour for party entertainment, creates studio art, and visits schools to teach cartoon classes.
Sauer is a member of the National Caricaturist Network and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He lives in Angola, Ind., with his lovely daughters, MacKenzie, Morgan and Avrie.
For those interested in American History, the library offers many books, including these recent publications.
The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and The Triumph of Hope by Jonathan Alter
The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War by Fred Anderson
1001 Events That Made America: A Patriot's Handbook by Alan Axelrod
The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and The Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty by William Hogeland
The Wit &Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: As Reflected in His Letters and Speeches by Abraham Lincoln
Creating Black Americans: African-American History and Its Meanings, 1619 To the Present by Nell Irvin Painter
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and The Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham
Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose