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It is easy to lose history without a conscious decision to preserve it.  Join us on February 27 at 7 p.m. at the Bartow History Museum as author Merrill Davies pursues this subject.  She will share with both children and adults the importance of asking questions of senior family members.  In addition, she will explore why somethings are never recorded.  Davies will leave us with a few suggestions on how to preserve history moving forward.

 Merrill Davies is a retired high school English teacher with an interest in history.  After 31 years of teaching, Davies has published four novels and one book of devotional poetry. As part of Thursday night’s program, she will talk about, Becoming Jestina, a historical fiction about a Rosie the Riveter from WWII.  In this book, Merrill captured the life experiences of Jane Tucker who worked as a rod welder on Liberty Ships at the Southeastern Shipyards in Savannah from 1943-1945.  In addition to hearing from Davies you will also have the opportunity to meet Tucker herself.  Join us for this informative evening.  Through this event, we hope to encourage you as well as your children to consider how you might help preserve your own family history.

In addition to writing, Davies enjoys spending time with family and friends and is active in Rome Toastmasters, Rome Area Writers, and First Baptist Church. She is currently working on her fifth novel as well as writing poetry. She was voted Rome News Tribune’s best local writer for 2019.

The lecture is free for members and included in the price of admission to the museum for non-members.


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