July 13, 1940 – William J. Duchaine of the Escambia Daily Press Company in Escanaba, Michigan, urges Dent to come to Nahma to work as an instructor August 11-24. Dent will conduct ten 90-minute lessons on short story writing over the two-week period. The consists of room and board plus a split of the tuition money sans expenses. Duchaine that will probably just be enough to pay for oil and gas for the trip.
Source: WHMC Folder C3701_9
July 28, 1940 – William J. Duchaine of the Escambia Daily Press Company in Escanaba, Michigan, writes telling Dent how pleased he is that Dent is coming. He tells Dent to arrive August 10-11. Frank Gruber is also scheduled to teach. [Dent’s letter to Duchaine is not in the WHMC collection.] Source: WHMC Folder C3701_9
Prolific Writer – Lester Dent is featured in an article describing his biography. He will be teaching one of the classes at the Nahma Summer Vacation Conference. Source: Escanaba Daily Press, Sunday, August 11, 1940
Nahma School Offers Backwoods Chautauqua – The article gives an overview of the evening classes at the Nahma Summer Vacation Conference. Lester Dent will give the lecture on Wednesday, August 14. Source: Escanaba Daily Press, Sunday, August 11, 1940
Vacation School Opens Its Second Week Today – New students will be enrolled in the second week of the summer school classes. Two of the art instructors, Robert Von Neumann and Reeda Seldon are sponsoring an exhibit of their individual works. Lester Dent is one of the instructors and will teach a course on the short story. Source: Escanaba Daily Press, Sunday, August 18, 1940
Mr. and Mrs. Dent Return From East – In addition to being in New York, the Dent also traveled to Canada and the northern peninsula of Michigan. Dent was a lecturer at the Nahma Summer Vacation Conference in Nahma, Michigan. Dent remarked that during their travels through Canada they saw active construction on army fields. Women were assigned to many of the jobs typically filled by men as they are away at war. Source: La Plata Home Press (La Plata, Missouri), Thursday, September 12, 1940