On Tuesday, May 24th, we were honored to host filmmaker Susan Reetz and Forest County Potawatomi Chief Judge, Eugene White-fish, for a screening of the documentary, "Missing Threads: the story of the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act." Judge White-fish gave a moving presentation on his history as an Indian child in the foster care system, and why the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act (WICWA) of 2009 is so important for all children in Wisconsin. You can watch the entire documentary on YouTube or check out a DVD copy at the library.
Clark Kidder, author of "Emily's Story: the brave journey of an orphan train rider," will visit the Mercer Library on Wednesday, May 25th at 11:00 a.m.
Mr. Kidder brings to light his expertise and family connection to the Orphan Trains. Between 1854 and 1929, nearly 150,000 children were transported from New York City to the homes of farm families in almost every state, particularly in the Midwest. Kidder tells the story of his paternal grandmother, the late Emily (Reese) Kidder, who was brought to the Midwest in 1906 on an orphan train. He will read from his new book, Emily's Story: The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider and share numerous historical and family photos and stories.
The program is free and open to all, and light refreshments will be served.
The new Northwoods Book Festival kicks off a summer of programming with an appearance at 6:30 p.m. on June 9th by Mike Beno, editor of the very popular Our Wisconsin magazine, at the Winchester Public Library. This event is the first of seven author appearances around the area, and the program will also include a “Community Read” event featuring Nickolas Butler’s Shotgun Lovesongs with a special appearance by the author this fall.
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