DetailsHere is the inspiring story of a woman ahead of her time. Living in an era when women were schooled to home and family, Sigurbjorg Stefansson became a citizen of the world, an intrepid traveller, a beloved teacher, and a political activist.
Rising from a childhood of utter poverty in the wilderness of 1905 Saskatchewan, she came to be a noted community philanthropist. Audrhea Lande has written an unusual biography, a thoughtful examination of the way political and cultural forces can shape a life. Told through photos, interviews, newspaper clippings, archival materials and Sigurbjorg's own letters --“ always signed With Love to You All, Bogga S.“ here is a window into the life of awoman grounded in her community, with soaring ideals and a spirit that strove to realize them.
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ISBN 9781894431620 Publication Date Jun 1, 2011 Author Lande, Audrhea Illustrator No Pages 254 Size 9.00″ x 6.00″
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This biography of Sigurbjorg Stefansson, known affectionately as “Bogga”, brings to us the original and inspiring story of “Bogga’s” life. From the outset, author Audrhea Lande engages the reader by weaving together the stories and personal letters from the life of Sigurbjorg Stefansson, long time teacher and philanthropist.
With Love to You All, Bogga S contains personal and evocative descriptions of the hardships of immigrant life in the early 20th century amid the Prairie Provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The story of “Bogga’s” life are preserved with many historical pictures, letters and newspaper clippings that give a visual support to this personal account of one of Canada’s outstanding pioneers.
Audrhea Lande reveals the depth of character that was possessed by Sigurbjorg Stefansson, a woman who cared deeply about social issues, and a woman who was ahead of her time as a freethinker and humanist. Sigurbjorg “Bogga” Stefansson, like many of the Icelandic pioneers contributed greatly to furthering literacy in Canada through the arts and education.
Sigurbjorg Stefansson taught school at Carrick, Lundar, and at Gimli from 1923 to 1962. She was also a philanthropist who established three public libraries; her work also included support for education and literacy that was recognized by many honorary life memberships. She also was the principle force of the Gimli Saga: The History of Gimli, Manitoba, an award-winning community history.
Audrhea Lande’s biography truly gives us an in depth portrayal of a woman who enriched the life of those around her and those who would live after her. This is a work that belongs in Canadian schools and libraries as a testimony to the dedication and sacrifice of a prairie pioneer, Sigurbjorg Stefansson, everyone’s “Bogga.”