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City of Peru to honor local school teacher who taught of the legacy of Maud Powell


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PERU – The city of Peru is working to create a memorial in honor of a Peru school teacher. City officials discussed the request from family and friends of Willa Dellinger to create a memorial dedicating her efforts to celebrate Maud Powell, a Peru-native musician. At Tuesday night’s council meeting, officials discussed placing a plaque or bench in the area of the city’s historical marker, at the Fourth Street courtyard in the downtown area. Dellinger’s story of introducing Maud Powell to young children is posted on In her story, she says her mission was to awaken young people to the legacy of Powell. Dellinger passed in June of 2021. Powell is known as America’s first great master violinist, gaining international acclaim.

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