Our upcoming speaker on Tuesday February 26 is our own Gerry Brown. A retired history teacher who loves to write, Gerry suggests that historical fiction has an important role to play in our understanding of people in other times and other places, and uses examples from his recent book, Memories of a Grey Wooden Box, about daily life in Cobourg during and following WW1.

His prime contention is that much of our historical study focuses on major world events somewhat in isolation from its influence on ordinary people leading their lives, be it here in town or in other cities, other countries. How were those who stayed home influenced by the horrific battles in Europe? How did they cope with hardships, loss of workforce, deaths in the family and in their circle of friends? How has our town changed since then? Through the eyes of his main character, Arthur, we see it all: the battles, the mud, the barbed wire, the boys he knew who didn't make it home and the ones who did who were never the same. You will recognize real names and real places so you know for sure that it's Cobourg, but this great story could be a slice of life in the wartime era for any small town in Canada. Gerry's writing makes you feel like you were really present in Cobourg during WW1.

Join us on Tuesday, February 26, at Victoria Hall to hear more about this story from Gerry Brown. Doors open at 7:00 PM for coffee and cookies. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM. Admission, including refreshments, is free for members and $5 for non-members. Annual membership is $25 for individuals and $30 for a family. All are welcome so bring a friend or two!