History Book Club Looks at a Time of Optimism And Horror in America in 1893


No matter how overstated the threat of serial killers might be, readers are still fascinated by them.

One of the most sinister of the breed was Herman Webster Mudgett, aka H. H. Holmes, owner of the “Murder Castle” in Chicago.  Mudgett rented rooms to out-of-towners who came to the Windy City to take in the marvels of the 1893 World’s Fair.  No one knows how many of them did not check out.

A discussion of Mudgett’s criminal career and the fair will be on Thursday, January 17, at the Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, at 6:30 p.m.  The book under discussion will be the phenomenal bestseller “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America” by Erik Larson.  Presentation and discussion will be led by Dr. Katrina Lacher, UCO Professor of Environmental and Urban History.

 “Our History Book Club meets every other month,” said Edmond Library Manager of Operations Mel Kellogg, “and it’s been one of our proudest success stories.  The discussion at each meeting is led by a history professor from the University of Central Oklahoma.  The sessions are for adults and it’s all free.”

The History Book Club is co-sponsored by the University of Central Oklahoma.  Call the library at 341-9282 with questions, or for more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.   

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 14 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Almonte, Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.