A community-based art project that seeks to connect communities through pulling up a chair and sharing stories of positivity about Strong Women of Toledo.

Artwork by Michelle Carlson

Story from Molly Luetke

Widely accepted etymology suggests that the Germanic base of the word book is related to the name of the beech tree. The texture of the common beech tree symbolizes the deep value placed on learning by the strong German woman in the story. A strong tree or a sheltering canyon, withstands all kinds of days and nights. Whether fault lines in the crust of the earth, wrinkles in a wise old face or sensitive nerve patterns – these are records of time and artifacts of wisdom. Inspirational to contemplate how far a child’s potential can reach. Passionate to see a child run the path towards his or her hugest dreams. The legacy of this German immigrant still impacts Toledo, as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren add positivity to our community.

- Michelle Carlson, Artist

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