Making news in 2023

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Mrs. Edith Renfrow Smith at a luncheon in her honor, 4/26/23, Chicago, IL

As construction moves apace on Renfrow Hall, its namesake continues to make news and share her wisdom.  So far in 2023, she's been featured in four media stories:

For her 109th birthday on July 14, Mrs. Renfrow Smith was interviewed by two Chicago news outlets: 

  • Hear how she is still "enjoying life immensely" in her third annual interview with Chicago Sun Times reporter, Neil Steinberg. 
  • And listen to her reflect on her century of living and see her make a batch of her famous strawberry jam in this WGN news story with Mike Lowe.  

Mrs. Renfrow Smith also had a belated birthday visit on July 22, 2023, from three current Grinnellians (Hemlock Stanier, Evelyn Caperton, and Elizabeth Eggert -- all class of 2025) who constitute Team Renfrow Summer 2023.  These students have spent the summer researching the deep history of the Renfrow-Craig-Lucas family tree through census, property, and vital records.  Learn about their tie in with the 2023 RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) and listen to the narratives they wrote and delivered for the September 23, 2023 Hazelwood Cemetery Walk sponsored by the Grinnell Historical Museum.  

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Team Renfrow Summer 2023 students (Hemlock Stanier, Evelyn Caperton, and Elizabeth Eggert -- all class of 2025), Monique Shore '90, and Dr. Tamara Beauboeuf with Mrs. Edith Renfrow Smith '37, July 22, 2023
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Team Renfrow sharing a laugh with Mrs. Edith Renfrow Smith '37, July 22, 2023.