Wasn’t it great to hear Dr. Fields portray Gen. Grant? It won’t be quickly forgotten how he brought the general to life with humor and passion! I believe he’s found his life’s work. At lunch, Dr. Fields commented he never once put on the uniform without someone asking him about his drinking problem. Interestingly enough, the question didn’t come up at the meeting during the Q&A session.
The attendance sheet showed 46 people signing in and of those, 22 were guests. Many of those didn’t give an email address and many were Ivy Tech students who were encouraged to attend by their instructor Jeff Ewens who spoke to us last fall. I have contacted those who provided email addresses and several said they would come again in November.
Gib mentioned at the meeting getting more press from the ACPL. I have found the library to be “very political” (Curt Wichern’s words). I asked several people to assist us with promoting the Gen. Grant event without success. They won’t even allow me to put a flyer about our meetings on any of their bulletin boards. However, they are very good about letting us use their meeting rooms free of charge and provided a custom Lincoln Museum tour to our presenter.
BTW, the couple with the English accent were also staying at the Col. Bass Bed and Breakfast where we put up our speaker Sunday and Monday nights. (The proprietor is a history fan and gave us a good rate of $75 per night, including all fees and taxes.) Dr. Fields invited them to attend.
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