"Finding Helen: The Letters, Photographs and Diary of a WWI Battlefield Nurse" brings to life the story of a diminutive American Red Cross nurse named Helen Bulovsky who served along the Flanders front during World War I. Helen sent home letters, photos, poems and a diary, "Behind the Trenches," describing the 18 months she spent in France and Belgium. The book is written by two of her nieces, Brooke B. Cameron and Janice C. Collins. Dr. Cameron will share Helen's heroic story in this presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Local author J.B. Winter will present a slideshow about his nonfiction book "Miss Mizzou: A Life Beyond Comics." After a brief visit to Columbia, cartoonist Milton Caniff was inspired to create the character of Miss Mizzou for his comic strip "Steve Canyon." Her fictional adventures set the stage for many real-life promotional tie-ins during the 1950s and 1960s. Some promotions were celebrated with fervor, while others created controversies that resulted in national headlines. Discover her forgotten history and hear about the exciting life Miss Mizzou lived beyond the comic page. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Join us as we create fabric memory boards and share our favorite heroes and stories. Bring your imagination, creativity and energy! Supplies provided. Adults. Registration begins Monday, June 1.
During the five years he has spent researching and writing his newspaper column "Life During Wartime," journalist Rudi Keller has discovered many individuals whose stories have been forgotten or are remembered only as part of family lore. Hear about the unsung heroes and obscure villains he uncovered during his research into the daily lives of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. Volumes one and two of "Life During Wartime" will be available for purchase and signing.
We kick off our summer film series with the HBO documentary "Superheroes," directed by Michael Barnett. Follow the zany escapades of Real Life Superheroes (RLSH), a national phenomenon of hundreds of real men and women who patrol city streets with the goal of deterring crime, and, if necessary, taking the law into their own hands. Watch the trailer at films.dbrl.org. Adults and teens.
Large-scale food production has created the need for substantial pesticide use. However, there are alternative methods for suppressing pest populations, methods that are more sustainable and better for our environment. Kathryn Ingerslew, a doctoral candidate in MU’s Division of Plant Sciences, will talk about natural methods of controlling pests in your home garden based on her research into the dynamics of pest insects and their predators.
Veterans and their families can learn about disability and death pensions from Gil Heckel, an eldercare adviser and veterans’ benefits specialist. He will explain what resources are available from the Veterans Administration.
Oral histories can play an important role in documenting your family heritage. Genealogist Tim Dollens will share tips on how to obtain oral histories from family members. This program is co-sponsored by the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society. Light refreshments served. Teens and adults.
Marta Ferguson, co-editor of "Drawn to Marvel: Poems From the Comic Books" along with other anthology contributors will give dramatic readings and lead a lively discussion of superheroes as mythological archetypes. A free copy of the book goes to the best-costumed attendee. Please note: Due to its adult themes and violent content, the anthology is recommended for mature readers. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. Adults and older teens.
Your family relies on you for nutritious meals — and you rely on yourself, as well! Join us to hear about some fun, healthy recipes that use everyday foods. Program presented in collaboration with University Extension. Registration begins Monday, June 22.