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May Theilgaard Watts

Born: 1893 in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: May Petrea Theilgaard Watts

Connection to Illinois: May Watts grew up in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

Biography: May began a teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse outside of the city. She attended college during the summer at the University of Chicago, where she studied botany and ecology with Henry Chandler Cowles. Watts graduated in 1918 as a Phi Beta Kappa.She has had the May T. Watts Nature Park in Highland Park, Illinois, and the May Watts Elementary School in Naperville, Illinois, named after her. Her house in Highland Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The May Theilgaard Watts Reading Garden of Morton Arboretum was named for her in 1963.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

May Theilgaard Watts on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Reading the landscape of Europe
ISBN: 9780912550305 OCLC: 461331291

Nature Study Guild Publishers, Rochester, N.Y. : 2009.