Marsha Knudsen, the Auxvasse author of “Sailor’s Mail S.W.A.K.” will speak Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m. in the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street, in Vandalia.
Knudsen will speak in costume about 70-year-old letters between her parents during WWII.
Her book tells the true story of newlyweds Homer and Ruth Norris, whose lives are abruptly changed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Sixty-three years after Homer Norris served in the U.S. Navy, his daughter discovered an old family trunk filled with memorabilia from the 1940’s and was able to skillfully recreate her parents’ (Homer and Ruth Norris) World War II journey.
In addition, Knudsen will give instruction on how to find information on a veteran’s military service, how to preserve photographs and letters, how to record family histories and oral histories, and how writers can publish a book and search for a publisher. The event is free and is sponsored by the Vandalia Area Historical Society.
About the Author
Marsha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Speech and Dramatic Art from the University of Missouri. During her career she taught English, creative writing, public speaking, and acting. For 25 years she and her husband worked together in their portrait studio business. Her passion for history has inspired her to create and present numerous programs for schools, civic organizations, and conferences. Dressed in historical costume she has brought history to life in presentations about women of the past including “Susan B. Anthony–The Woman Who Dared.”