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Helen Steiner Rice Day
April 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The life of Helen Steiner Rice will be celebrated on the 40th Anniversary of her death on April 23, 1981. Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley will make a proclamation at the Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church along with an outdoor presentation by Rev. Adam M. Davis at 2 pm. The event is open to the public.
Helen Steiner Rice was an American writer of religious and inspirational poetry. Born in Lorain, Ohio on May 19, 1900, she began work for a public utility company and progressed to the position of advertising manager, which was rare for a woman at that time. In 1929, Helen married Franklin Dryden Rice, a bank vice president in Dayton, Ohio. After the stock market crash in October that year, Franklin lost his job and his investments.
Rice became a successful businesswoman and lecturer, but found her most satisfying outlet in writing verse for the greeting card company Gibson Greetings. The demand for her poems became so great that her books are still selling steadily after many printings, and she has been acclaimed as “America’s beloved inspirational poet laureate”.
The Moore House Museum currently has an exhibit that features artifacts and archival materials from the estate of Helen’s sister Gertrude Steiner that have been gifted to the Lorain Historical Society. A sampling of Helen’s hats, clothes, photographs and poetry are also on display. The Moore House, located at 309 W. 5th St., Lorain, is open for tours on Tuesdays from 10 am – 3 pm.