Local author and historian Carolyn Branch will share insights gleaned from research for her latest book "South Callaway Settlers and Settlements, 1800-1900." Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing. Co-sponsored by the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society.
Rural one-room schools used to dot the countryside and were the mainstay of American elementary education for more than a century. Author Mike Trial attended one as a boy and has now made a project of collecting information on the seven schools that were consolidated into the local Midway Heights school in 1957. His book on the results is forthcoming. He is also working with Jeff Corrigan at the State Historical Society to record oral histories of those who attended one-room schools. Join Mike, Jeff and others to hear their personal stories and the history of one-room school houses.
Dale Carnegie's popular book "How to Win Friends and Influence People," first published during the Great Depression, provided the template for modern ideas about how to move upward through society. It made psychology (instead of morality) and notions of personality (rather than character) the basic elements of its formula. In turn, Carnegie provided the inspiration for a host of subsequent success advocates like Norman Vincent Peale, Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey. MU history professor Steve Watts, author of "Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America" will tell us how this farm boy from northwestern Missouri became one of the most influential figures in the shaping of modern American values. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Local author Karen Mocker Dabson will discuss the backstory of her suspenseful debut novel "The Muralist's Ghost" that was inspired by actual events. As famed Croatian artist Maxo Vanka paints murals in a small church near Pittsburgh, a ghost appears to him. While Maxo searches his past and present to discover the ghost's secret, one of his paintings is ruined and the church sustains damage. He then begins to realize there is more than one mystery to solve, and that serious danger lurks in the shadows. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.