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September 2007

September 11 * Guest Speaker- Tippecanoe Civil War Roundtable, Lafayette, IN

Tippecanoe Arts Federation Building where I presented to the
Tippecanoe Civil War Roundtable on September 11, 2007

Mark Jaeger invited me to come to Lafayette last year to do a presentation to the local Civil War Roundtable. Lafayette is a four-hour drive from Evansville - a long hike. Mark took me to an Irish pub before we proceeeded to the meeting and I enjoyed a nice fish and chips dinner. I presented to a small, but enthusiastic group. There were plenty of questions and a lot of interest in the story. The time flew by. I don't look at my watch and I don't speak from notes so I never know how long I've spoken. I enjoyed my trip to Lafayette and I thank Mark Jaeger and the Tippecanoe Roundtable for the invitation.

September 15 * Guest Speaker- Working Man's Institute, New Harmony, IN

The Working Man's Institute at New Harmony, Indiana, September 15, 2007.
I spoke in the shade near the building entrance.

When I got an invitation to speak at the Working Man's Institute the first thing I thought to myself was, "What is a Working Man's Institute?" Although I'm still not exactly sure, my feeling is that its a resource library/ museum housing the local history of New Harmony. If you are in New Harmony, I would say that you would definitely need to drop by and give it a look. As the time of the speech approached I decided at the last minute to give the talk outdoors in front of the Institute. There were some benches and about 20 people gathered around and I just started talking. The time went by pretty quickly, but I did sell a surprising stack of books for such a small crowd. My thanks to Sherri Graves for the opportunity to come by the Working Man's Institute and talk about Adam Johnson.