This documentary written and directed by Ann Fessler (author of "The Girls Who Went Away") combines footage from educational films and newsreels to trace the history of what happened to over a million young women who surrendered their children in the '50s and '60s, and kept it secret. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including an adoptive parent, an adoptee, birth parents involved with an open and closed adoption and a social worker. Co-sponsored by the Adoption Triad Connection of Mid-Missouri.
Willa Cather scholar and former William Woods and Stephens College professor Sue Hallgarth will talk about her new historical mystery series. "On the Rocks" features the Pulitzer Prize winning author Cather and her life partner, advertising executive Edith Lewis, and is set in 1929 on Grand Manan, an island in the Bay of Fundy where the couple summered for over 20 years. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
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Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of "French Kids Eat Everything" by Karen Le Billon. The author took her family to France and discovered that the French view food in a different way than Americans. Based on French ideas, she has come up with 10 rules to help families maintain healthy eating habits.
From its time as a stage coach stop to its years as a busy railroad depot, Brown's Station was one of Boone County's most important strategic locations and the center of a vibrant community. Marty Paten, author of a forthcoming book about the settlement, will tell us why it was a haven for Confederate guerillas, including Jesse James. You'll also hear about the first carding machine in Boone County, coal mine tragedies, the murder of a Wabash Railroad depot agent, the burning of the entire business section by an arsonist and even a gold mine. Copies of "The History of Brown's Station, Missouri" may be available for purchase and signing.