Saturday, July 24th, 2021

Library to host workshop on Friedman

Posted: Friday, March 19, 2021

The Huntington City-Township Public Library will host an interactive workshop focusing on Elizebeth Friedman, America’s first female cryptanalyst, on April 24 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

The workshop will feature author G. Stuart Smith, who has written about Friedman’s life and accomplishments in his book, A Life in Code: Pioneer Cryptanalyst Elizebeth Smith Friedman.

This free workshop is open to the public for ages 13 and above and can be attended in person at the library or online via Zoom. To register, go to or call (260) 358-6804. The registration deadline is April 10 for in-person and April 24 for online.

During Friedman’s career, she cracked hundreds of ciphers, resulting with the successful busting of criminals during Prohibition, as well as breaking up a Nazi spy ring across South America during World War II. The “code-breaking” workshop is being presented for anyone interested in cybersecurity or any other computing career. Do not miss out on the opportunity to learn how to start breaking codes, including some of the codes Elizebeth Smith Friedman had to break.

Other resources will be available for those interested in a career in cybersecurity, a STEM career (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or a computing career. There will also be a raffle for a CompTIA Security+ certification voucher and prizes including codebreaking board games, escape room gift cards and more. The first 50 individuals to register will receive a biography about Elizebeth Smith Friedman. Register at