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The tenacious Muncie Indiana Branch

With only eight members and no other officers, President Barb Kehoe and Treasurer Cathy Shouse planned what was to be their last meeting; the agenda was to decide whether to disband. Inspired by a first-time visitor who stepped up to join, Barb and Cathy decided to recommit as officers for another year. Read more…



Huntsville, Alabama

“Eugénie Rocherolle Day” proclaimed

Eugénie Rocherolle with the mayor of Huntsville, Tommy Battle, who proclaimed Feb. 26, 2016 “Eugénie Rocherolle Day.”

Huntsville AL Mayor Tommy Battle, presents Eugénie Rocherolle with the “Eugénie Rocherolle Day” proclamation.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle proclaimed Feb. 26, 2016, “Eugénie Rocherolle Day” and presented her with a written proclamation and a medallion representative of a key to the city. Member at Large Eugénie Rocherolle’s achievements are key to the future of our great organization, and we salute her magnificent experience and the honor she so rightly deserves.

Eugénie was commissioned by the Huntsville Alabama Music Teachers Association to compose a suite for the organization’s 20th anniversary.  “Celebration Suite” was the title for the commission and it included three original duets for piano.

The final movement was a thrilling piece performed on multiple pianos, adding to the exhilaration of the performance. Although the suite was written for two performers at one piano, this performance was amplified and enhanced by additional players at six pianos.

To learn more about this superb composer, visit her website at

The Vinnie Ream Exhibit at the Karpeles Museum

The Exhibit at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Jacksonville, Florida will open on September 2, 2016 and will run through October 30 2016.

See Introduction for the Vinnie Ream Exhibit.

2016 Election results announced at NLAPW Biennial May 2016:

Virginia Franklin Campbell

First Vice-President
Lorna Jean Hagstrom

Second Vice-President
Sheila M. Byrnes

Third Vice-President
Maureen Stack Sappéy

Fourth Vice-Presdent
Ronni Miller

Fifth Vice-President
Jane Maclean

Recording Secretary
Mary Pat Canes

Evelyn B. Wofford


NLAPW Recognized in Congressional Record

Entered on Thursday, February 4, 2016 by the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia in the House of Representatives.

For a link to the official Congressional Record site, click here.

For a link to a “suitable for framing” PDF of the NLAPW Congressional Record entry, click here.

Event History

Soul Lifting
The National League of American Pen Women, Inc.

Invites you to
Soul Lifting
A Saturday Evening Arts Programpic for program invite
October 17, 2015 7:30 P.M.
Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th Street NW
Washington, DC

Open to the public and free. Street and Paid parking is located nearby; Metro: short walk from Dupont Circle, Farragut North or Farragut West.

Click here to visit our 2016 Biennial Convention page for information on our multi-arts convention in Washington, D.C. April, 2016.

We’ve got two amazing travel opportunities available:
Our Garden Tour and Pen Arts Stay, just below, or click here to read about NLAPW in Italy.

Garden Tour and Pen Arts Stay
5-Day Workshop
Glorious Fall Gardens of DC
October 21-25, 2015

Fall gardens in our Nation’s capitol are wonderful. This 5-day tour will visit the best that DC has to offer. And since a Pen Woman is putting it on just for us, it’s a bargain. Your tour leader will be Sandy Huff, award-winning photojournalist and travel writer, NLAPW National Art Chair, and a Master Gardener.

You’ll Stay at Pen Arts!

We’ll operate out of our lovely 1890 mansion in the historic DuPont Circle area and visit at least two gardens every day. In the evenings, guest speakers might give tips on how to take great photos, paint botanical pictures, or how they keep their gardens looking so good.

Price Savings

You’ll pay your own admission to sites (group rates when possible), split the fare for taxis, and buy your own lunch and supper. A light breakfast is included in your Pen Arts room rate.

Anticipated Schedule

We’ll stay flexible to take advantage of weather, special prices, and private time. At most sites, a tour of a historic house or museum is included – – you’ll be steeped in history as well as gardens! Admission prices are in italics.

Tuesday, October 20

Travel day – airfares are cheapest on Tuesdays. Plan to arrive at Pen Arts in the afternoon, settle into your room, and meet your roommate if you have one. Then explore opera singer Sarah Adams Whitemore’s 1890 mansion. Robert Todd Lincoln lived here, and brought his widowed mother to stay here too. Evening: orientation and introductions

Wednesday, October 21

Tour Day 1 – We’ll start with the best. The U. S. Botanic Garden, begun in 1820. (free) Lunch at the nearby Museum of the American Indian cafeteria.
Afterwards we’ll tour the other Gardens of the Smithsonian.
Evening: tips on taking photos of plants.

Thursday, October 22

Tour Day 2 – Another gem. Hillwood House and Museum ($12 – $15). Lovely gardens, and the treasure-filled mansion of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. A staff horticulturist might tell us all about this fabulous garden. After lunch at the Hillwood Café, we’ll visit a small but lovely private garden nearby ($5 donation). Evening: A Georgetown Master Gardener

Friday, October 23

Tour Day 3 — National Arboretum After lunch, we’ll visit Tudor Estate, ( $8-$10) Built by George Washington’s grand-daughter, and lived in for six generations of history collectors. See what happens when boxwood isn’t pruned. Evening free. Rest, relax, or go see Shear Madness, the comedy that has played for 27 years at Kennedy Center.

Saturday, October 24

Tour Day 4 – Dumbarton Oaks. Inside is a world-famous collection of Mayan artifacts (free). Outside is a spacious and famous garden ($8-$10). Afternoon on your own. Evening: an artist from the Botanical Arts Society of the National Capital Region.

Sunday, October 25

Tour Day 5 – First, we’ll drop in at the Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market so you can pick up a picnic lunch. Then we’ll taxi to the Franciscan Monastery. One thousand roses, a grotto, and a sense of peace. The interior of the church is fabulous. After picnicking on the grounds we’ll visit a reproduction of an early monastery garden at the National Cathedral (free), famous for its pop art gargoyles – watch for Darth Vader. We can arrange our schedule to attend a church service if you wish. On our last evening, we’ll put on our own art and photography show.

Be aware that rooms (most with 2 twin beds) are on the 3rd and 4th floors and there is no elevator or maid service. Bathrooms are shared.

Your daily expenses:
Travel via shared taxis – plan $15 a day, and the Metro (subway) $4 each way.
Lunch and supper on your own. $10 – $25 per meal. DC has some fine restaurants, and some favorites are within a few blocks of Pen Arts. Or you can visit a supermarket 2 blocks away and make your own sack lunch in our teacup-sized kitchen.
Admissions into each destination: $15 – $25 a day.

Registration price: $100 (all proceeds go to NLAPW)

Room prices: A twin bed at Pen Arts will cost $60 a night for Pen Women, $70 for non-Pen Women ($50 and $60 if you stay for 5 or more nights) This includes a light breakfast in our lovely dining room.


NLAPW in Italy!!

Mark your calendars for October 22-November 2, 2015
PRIVATE ITALY, LTD has customized this tour exclusively for
us, with itineraries for our artists, writers, and composers!
From a comfortable hotel in the heart of Florence, we will spend 10 days
exploring the rich culture, historical beauty and some of the world’s greatest art!
Go to the link for details, pricing, deadlines, etc.

Click here to read NLAPW National President Candace Long’s update on the Pen Arts building discussions.