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Evelyn is available for speaking engagements, preferably within 50 miles of her Sidney, Iowa home. The fee is negotiable. Contact her via email to request an appearance, or write:

Evelyn Birkby
Box 387
Sidney, IA 51652

Evelyn Birkby
Evelyn speaking at the 2013 United Methodist Church Retired Ministers' Dinner
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Recent Speaking Appearances by Evelyn:

Keynote Speaker
Iowa Annual Conference, United Methodist Church Retired Ministers' Dinner
September 2013
Evelyn shares her memories from her years as a preacher's kid in the 1920s and 1930s.
Listen | 38:48 min

What: Enjoy the Art of Storytelling
The Iowa History Center presents Simpson alumna Evelyn Corrie Birkby '38, who will delight audiences as she shares stories from her eventful life as homemaker, author, radio personality and newspaper columnist in rural Iowa. From Up a Country Lane to Kitchen Klatter,hear the recipes and stories of our mothers and grandmothers.

Click here to read about Evelyn's presentation and visit to the State Historical Society of Iowa.


Great Plains Radio History Symposium
October, 2010
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
2010's symposium featured a panel on "radio homemaker programs," a staple of rural Midwestern radio programming from the 1920s through the 1980s. Evelyn was a featured panelist.

  • •  Brownville, Nebraska--Lyceum
  • •  Cedar Rapids, Iowa, library--Iowa Author's series
  • •  Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and Central College library
  • •  Red Oak Iowa, Montgomery State Bank Senior Club
  • •  Shenandoah, City National Bank
  • •  Kiwanis Club of Hamburg Iowa
  • •  I (Iowa) to Eye tour
  • •  Featured speaker on Whad'Ya Know" national radio broadcast, Wisconsin Public Radio
  • •  Writers seminar, Council Bluffs, Iowa, public library
  • •  Senior Centers talks on Local History and Teddy Bears

Evelyn began her career as a radio homemaker in 1950. She shared conversations, recipes, and friendship with her listeners. She still has a monthly radio visit on KMA radio, Shenandoah IA.

Now more than 90 years young, she lectures at her alma mater, Simpson College, Indianola IA, does on-air fund-raising for Iowa Public Television, and keeps a full calendar of personal appearances.

Evelyn was one of 150 Iowans chosen to represent Iowa at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC in 1996. She was a presenter for the food venue and part of the radio broadcasting center performers working with other Iowa communicators. Evelyn presented several live broadcasts from the Mall during the two week Festival, including a broadcast when she interviewed Iowa native Hugh Sidey.

Evelyn, along with fellow radio broadcaster Lee Kline, of Des Moines, Iowa, hosted "a magical" evening program featuring early radio history at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival on the Mall in Washington DC in 1996.

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Evelyn's Topics for Speaking Appearances
Several of the subjects she has recently presented include the following:

  • •  Witching for William - searching for my ancestors in Scotland and Illinois

  • •  Adventure after 60 - Adventures in England and Scotland

  • •  How I Became an Accidental Author

  • •  Up a Country Lane; Life in the 40s and 50s on a little Iowa farm
Evelyn lecturing at Simpson College, Summer 2010
Evelyn lecturing at Simpson College, Summer 2010
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