Volume 3, Issue 5 Adult & Family Services Adult Learning Center Audio Visual Services Automation Services Book Sales Children’s Services Facebook Page Computer Classes Circulation Services Downloadable Books Hageman Facebook Homebound Services Meeting Services Museum Services Facebook Page Reference Services Serials Services May, 2013 Download Audiobooks and eBooks Westchester Public Library subscribes to a downloadable audiobook and eBook service for Westchester Township resident patrons. Sorry, but if you aren’t a resident of the library district or if your library account is not in good standing*, you are not eligible to receive the service. For more information, please read the letter posted here. Use your WPL card number to log into the OverDrive site. Check out books for a week or two and download them to your home computer or listening device. Audiobooks and eBooks might also be transferred to portable devices such as a Kindle, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Sony Reader, NOOK, Android, Blackberry, or Windows Phone. Look here for a list of compatible devices. You don’t return the items; book files become unplayable after the loan period expires. The files can then be deleted. If the book you want is being used by another patron, you can log in and place a hold to be notified when it is your turn to borrow the book. For more information, visit our Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks page. *A library card not in good standing might be caused by excessive fines, an expired card, an overdue address check, or the card might need to be replaced (some older cards have short bar-code numbers—12 digits—and are no longer being used). eNewspapers Now Available at Thomas Library Technical Services Homebound For information on the library’s homebound service, call 926-7696 and leave a message for Outreach Coordinator Sadie Steciuch who will return your call. Township patrons who have difficulty visiting either branch of the library for reasons of extended illness, injury or disability are qualified for the service. Do you want to read the New York Times online? No problem. Do you want to read the Washington Post online? No problem. Would you like to read all of the regional newspapers online? No problem. Westchester Public Library now offers 21 local, regional, and national eNewspapers to read while visiting the library. All of the eNewspapers are available on the library’s new Nexus 10 tablets. You don’t know the first thing about tablets? No problem. Ready, eager, and knowledgeable staff is available to help you get started. To access the tablets, patrons need to be over the age of 18, have a valid WPL card, and a photo ID. Tablets will be checked out on your library card and can be read in-house in the upstairs reading room adjacent to the Serials/Automation desk. The 150 digital magazines now available from Zinio via the library’s website will also be accessible on the tablets. The tablets are located on the second floor of Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, in the Serials/Automation Department. The second floor, you say? No problem…there is an elevator to the left in the library entrance foyer. For more information, call the Serials/Automation Department at 926-7696, extension 1 25. Happy Reading! Happy Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 12 If your Pre-K through 12th grade child is in need of reading help, this program is for you! Designed to assist your child with his/her academic reading, the library’s newest program offers a safe and welcoming learning environment with volunteer tutors who will work one-on-one with your child in half hour increments. Student sign-up sheets are available at both libraries or online here. Mothers have been deeply loved throughout history, with roots of a day honoring mothers in ancient Greek and Roman history. More recent history dates to the 1600s in England where Mothering Sunday was an annual celebration. Although the custom almost died out by the 19th century, it was revived after World War II. Julia Ward Howe (author of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) suggested an official celebration for mothers in 1872. She initiated a Mother’s Peace Day in June, the idea of which spread until it was replaced by the current Mother’s Day holiday. Known as “the Mother of Mother’s Day,” Anna Jarvis is recognized as the founder of the current holiday in the United States. Although Anna remained unmarried and never had children, she got the inspiration for celebrating mothers with their own special day from her love and respect for her own mother. Visit the library and check out some books or movies to enjoy with Mom on her special day. Patrons interested in volunteering to be tutors may pick up and return applications at the Circ desk of either branch (note on application your interest in tutoring). The coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview. Volunteers will be asked to complete the library’s volunteer application, waiver, and background check form, all available on the library’s website. Mars Needs Moms—In this movie, Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth and take her away. (in the AV Dept.) Sarah, Plain and Tall—A single New England woman responds to an ad by a Midwestern widower in which he asks for a bride to help him raise his two children. (in the AV Dept.) Jessica Lost: A Story of Birth, Adoption & the Meaning of Motherhood—a mother and her child, lost and then found again after four decades. (in the Large Type Section at Thomas Library) Fancy Nancy’s Marvelous Mother’s Day Brunch—Nancy plans the perfect Mother’s Day brunch for her mother, but everything does not go according to plan. (J OCO; available at Hageman Library) ...and so much more! 2 Leea Likes: Sunday Matinee: The Guilt Trip All of these titles are available @ your library in print or audio format or both. Check them out today! Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris In the finale to the Sookie Stackhouse series, Sookie is arrested for murder but makes bail. While investigating, she learns that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. What passes for love is never enough... Inferno by Dan Brown Robert Langdon is back and is drawn into a world centered on Dante’s Inferno. Langdon races to find answers to an ingenious riddle and decide whom to trust before the world is irrevocably altered. Deeply Odd (Odd Thomas) by Dean Koontz Odd Thomas is a young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time it’s the living who need his help. Three innocents will be killed unless he can intervene in time, but the only thing he knows for sure is who the killer will be. Hit by David Balducci Will Robie is the man the US government calls on to eliminate the worst enemies of the state. The only one who can match his talents is Jessica Reel, who’s gone rogue. His mission is to bring her in. But as he pursues her, he finds there is more to her betrayal than he was told. Silken Prey by John Sandford Murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport’s going to be lucky to get out of this alive. Sunday Matinee will screen The Guilt Trip in the Bertha Wood meeting room at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. Westchester Public Library films are free of charge and open to the public. Investor Andy Brewster (Seth Rogan) is embarking on the road trip of a lifetime. Before he heads out, he makes a stop at his mother’s house. What should have been a quick stop turns into an unexpected cross-country voyage with his mom, Joyce (Barabara Streisand), along for The Guilt Trip. The Guilt Trip is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 95 minutes. For more information, call the Audio-Visual Department at 926-7696. Tracy’s Take: Coming Soon to AV: Jack Reacher—Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher, the protagonist in the series of novels written by Lee Child. The alleged killer has a background with Reacher, stretching back to a crime the killer truly did commit. Safe Haven—Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven tells the story of a widow and widower meeting and beginning a relationship—until a secret from her past threatens them. Cloud Atlas—Based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, this movie is an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present, and the future. Follow us on Twitter! @WestchesterPL 3 Rhonda Says... Bits & Bytes All Bits & Bytes computer classes take place in the Bertha Wood meeting room on the second floor of Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. Registration is necessary for all classes. To reserve your spot in any of the Bits & Bytes classes, please call the Serials/Automation Department at 926-7696, ext. 25, or register online at the Bits & Bytes link. Money magazine is your guide to making better decisions when it comes to personal finance. Get advice on everything from paying your way through college to buying a car or financing your first house. Read up on stocks and insurance rates, get tips on how to find the best deals on loans, and receive expert advice on how to attract more business and find investors. Edited for individuals at any stage of their lives, Money magazine is a valuable tool in turning your financial goals into reality. Consumer Reports Money Adviser offers its readership unbiased tips, suggestions, and strategies in the goal of maximizing your finances and making informative and confident decisions with your money. Every issue has useful, in-depth articles. This publication is a great educational tool and a reliable source for financial guidance. Managing Your Digital Photos Attendees will learn the basics of importing and exporting digital photographs, editing photos, and resizing photos. Participants need to be computer literate and proficient with the mouse. The class will take place on Thursday, May 2, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration is underway. Computer Basics 1 This class will introduce the user to the computer. Learn how to handle the mouse and desktop shortcuts. Additional features will also be discussed and demonstrated. The class will take place on Thursday, May 9, from 2-5 p.m. Registration is underway. Computer Basics 2 The class will continue with basics and will look further into understanding applications, storage, and the control panel. Topics to be covered will include file extensions, cut-copy and past, managing files, backing up files, and more. The class will take place on Thursday, May 16, from 2-5 p.m. Registration will begin on May 2. Intro to Google Apps Some of the collaborative tools that will be explored in the class are Google sites, Gmail, Google Calendar, Latitude, and Google Docs. The class will take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 1-4 p.m. Registration will begin on May 7. Introduction to the Internet This class will answer the questions what is the Internet, where did it come from, and how does it work? Attendees will learn how to easily find information. They will also learn about different browsers and how to customize one, and much more. The class will take place on Thursday, May 30, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Registration will begin on May 16. 4 Spotlight on Aaron Diaz Aaron Diaz is a relatively new library employee. He works in the IT Department as assistant/minion to IT Supervisor Mike Acsbok. While working at the library and successfully taking six college classes, Aaron has quickly become a valued employee. Prior to Aaron’s employment with the library, he served in the United Sates Navy Submarine service as a Fire Control Technician Second Class Petty Officer. With outstanding reviews for always being a person you can come to when you need something done, he excelled. He is also an officer of the Veteran’s Organization representatives of Purdue North Central. Aaron spends the little free time he has looking for new things to learn, whether for personal benefit or for the library. An example is Drupal. Drupal is an open source software package that allows users to easily organize, manage and publish their content, with an endless variety of customization. Aaron also likes spending time with friends and making new ones with patrons and employees of the library. This particular minion looks forward to a bright future with the library. History Discussion Group Westchester Public Library’s History Discussion Group will meet on Saturday, May 11, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Bertha Wood room on the second floor of Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. Registration is not necessary. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville. Join Thomas Murphy and Jon Fraley as they lead the discussion on the events that led to the battle and the battle itself. Look at some of the reasons the Union army was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. For more information, please call or Leea at (219) 926-7696 or Serena at (219) 983-9715. The What’s Next Question What is World Book Night? was Westchester Public Library’s What’s Next Question for April. Congratulations to winner Carol Lindquist, who received a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people in the US go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light readers, non-readers, and those who don’t normally have access to printed books for reasons of means or access. Westchester Public Library participated in World Book Night with 14 volunteers who passed out 280 books in the community. For answers to your reference questions, please visit or call the Reference desk at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. Library staff will help you find the answers. Remember to check the Chesterton Tribune the first Friday of each month for the What’s Next Question. May’s What’s Next Question will appear in the Chesterton Tribune on Friday, May 3. Patrons can make a copy of the ad for free in the Serials Department at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. Answers can be submitted to the What’s Next Question box at the Thomas Library Circulation desk. The deadline will be the last Sunday of the month, May 26. The winner will receive a $20 Barnes and Noble card. For more information about the What’s Next Question or other programs and events, please call the library at 926-7696. 5 Polka Dot Parties Polka Dot Parties with Carol continues in May. Attendees meet in the Bertha Wood meeting room on the second floor of Thomas Library. Registration required. Saturday, May 4 9:30 9:30--11:30 a.m. Registration Required 926 926--7696 Wall Art Monday, May 13, 6-8:30 p.m. Create original wall art with the techniques learned. Bertha Wood Room Thomas Library 200 W. Indiana Ave. Chesterton Thank You Cards or Bookmarks Wednesday, May 22, 6-8:30 pm. Join Carol and learn/use basic stamping techniques to create thank you cards or bookmarks. May 1, 2013, is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville. Westchester Public Library will recognize this anniversary with a program for adults about the battle on Saturday, May 4, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Bertha Wood meeting room at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. Thomas Murphy and Jon Fraley will describe events that led to the battle and actions that occurred during the battle. They will also present some of the reasons the Union army was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Maps will be handed out. May 9, Murphy is an RSVP volunteer and has presented many programs at the library. Fraley is a former re-enactor and student of the Civil War. National Wildflower Week: May 4-12 Popular Books 6:30 pm, the first Monday of each month in the Bertha Wood meeting room. May 6: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks Wildflower Week was launched in 1988 as the primary focus of the American Wildflower Society, which was founded the same year—and which became defunct a few years later. The week languished in obscurity until revived by Charles Spencer to honor his mentor, Edward Pieta, naturalist and botanist. Check out one of the following books and look for wildflowers during the week. National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Wildflowers J 582.1309 HOO (at both Hageman & Thomas) June 3: the Worst Hard Time: Reader’s Digest North American Wildlife: Wildflowers 582.1309 REA (at Thomas) by Timothy Egan Wildflowers Across America by Lady Bird Johnson 582.13 JOH (at both Hageman & Thomas) the Untold Story of Those Who Survived Like us on Facebook! Westchester Public Library 6 May is National Barbecue Month… Eating Well for Healthy Living May is officially the kick-off to the outdoor cooking season. Check out these (and more!) great books for hints and helps for barbecuing. Chicken on the Grill: 100 Fired-up Ways to Grill Chicken to Perfection by Cheryl Alters Jamison 641.665 JAM (at Thomas Library) Barbecue Bible: Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Bastes, Butters & Glazes by Steven Raichlen CD 641.7584 RAI (at Thomas Library) Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas by Craig Priebe 641.824 PRI (at Thomas Library) The Gardener a& the Grill: The Bounty of the Garden Meets the Sizzle of the Grill by Karen Adler 641.5784 ADL (at both Hageman and Thomas Libraries) Serious Barbecue: Smoke, Char, Baste, and Brush Your Way to Great Outdoor Cooking by Adam Perry Lang with JJ Goode and Amy Vogler 641.5784 PER (at both Hageman and Thomas Libraries) Big Book of BBQ: Recipes and Revelations from the Barbecue Belt From the editors of Southern Living 641.5784 BIG (at Thomas Library) BBQ Sauces, Rubs, & Marinades for Dummies by Traci Cumbay with Tom Schneider 641.76 CUM (at Thomas Library) Smokin’ with Myron Mixon: Recipes Made Simple, from the Winningest Man in Barbecue by Myron Mixon 641.5784 MIX (at both Hageman & Thomas Libraries) Adults interested in learning more about how foods affect our bodies in different ways are invited to register for one or all of the remaining sessions of Eating Well for Living Healthy, May 13 and June 3, from 3-4:30 p.m. at Westchester Public Library. Classes will take place in the Bertha Wood meeting room at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. Registered Dietetic Technician Gia DeMartinis-Novak will lead the classes. Registration for individual sessions is necessary. Sign up at the Reference desk or call 926-7696. At the May 13 session, Keys to Healthy Weight Loss, learn the safest and most effective ways for achieving healthy and lasting weight loss. Increase your energy and reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and many cancers. The final session in the series, Diabetes: SelfManagement, will take place on June 3. Choosing the right foods can be daunting for people with diabetes. Learn basic and easy guidelines for meal planning. DeMartinis-Novak earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity Christian College with a Biology major and a minor in Chemistry. She also earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Nutrition from Central Arizona College. She has worked at Kraft General Foods performing vitamin analysis of foods. She also served a Dietetic internship at Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville and Methodist Cardiac Rehab Center and Outpatient Diabetes Clinic, and worked at Methodist Hospital in Merrillville. For more information or to register, please call the Reference Department at 926-7696. 7 Young Adult News and Notes Check out these books (& more) from the YA collection at Thomas. Taking Chances by Molly McAdams Harper is away from home for the first time, ready to live life her own way and experience things she’s only heard of from the jarheads in her father’s marine unit. College at San Diego University introduces her to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She is torn between two men who seem dangerous but truly adore her. From Ashes by Molly McAdams Cassie follows her best friend and only man she’s ever trusted besides her father, to college. There they share an apartment with Tyler’s cousin Gage. Gage and Cassie are drawn together even though Tyler has warned Gage away. Tragedy sends Cassie into Tyler’s arms, and she must decide to face her past or burn her chance at a future with Gage. The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel by Katja Millay Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants to get through school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took her identity, her spirit, and her will to live to pay . Josh Bennett wants to be left alone—and he is because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to leave you alone. Well, everyone except Nastya... Game: the Sequel to “I Hunt Killers” by Barry Lyga The son of history’s most infamous serial killer is once again asked to help the police. Jazz can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has NYC running scared. Jazz hops on a plane with his girlfriend to the City and gets swept up in the killer’s murderous game. Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel. Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald Hallie and Grace are forced to move to a relative’s guest house (in Beverly Hills) when their father dies. Hallie throws herself headlong into the Hollywood scene while shy Grace yearns for the almost-crush she left behind. Is Hallie blinded by her cinematic visions of true love? Can Grace find strength to step off the sidelines? 8 Pokémon League Children in grades 1 and above are invited to join the Pokémon League on Tuesday evenings through May 29. Registration is necessary, so call or visit the Children’s Department at Thomas Library. Learn math, strategy, communication—all while having fun and meeting new friends. There is no need to bring anything; there is no charge for participation. Lego Club Origami Club Westchester Public Library’s continuing Lego Club will meet Friday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. Clubbers will meet in the Children’s Department at Thomas Library. Register today in the Children’s Department. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is necessary. Lego Club is for ages six years and up. Children grades 2 and up are invited to Origami Club on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. Registration is necessary. Materials are provided by the library. Coming This Summer: Children’s Summer Reading: June 10-July 20 Like us on Facebook! Westchester Public Library Childrens’ Services 9 10 Tech Trivia Cataloguing & Acquisitions There’s always something going on in the halls of Technical Services… Technical Services Manager Rose Halpin is a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserves. She is leaving in May to go to OCS (Officer Candidate School). Her birthday is this month, but she will be gone by the time her birthday rolls around. Her staff wanted to celebrate with her, so they held a surprise birthday party for her. Tech enjoyed the goodies brought in—including cake! Members of the department will miss Rose while she is gone, but are proud of her. See you when you get back, Rose! 11 Hageman Happenings Bifocal Bookies Meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. at Hageman Library May 14: The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March June 11: Defending Jacob by William Landay July 9: All Woman & Springtime by Brandon Jones August 13: In the Kingdom of Men by Kim Barnes News at Noon If you love to discuss current events, Westchester Public Library’s newest monthly program is for you. Interested adults are invited to News at Noon at Hageman Library, 100 Francis Street, Porter, on Thursday, May 16, from noon -1 p.m. Attendance at the program is free of charge. Attendees are encouraged to bring a news clipping or an idea of something they would like to discuss. Knit Knit--wits & Pearls of Wisdom Preschool Movie: Stella and Sam Westchester Public Library’s preschool movie series will continue at Hageman Library, 100 Francis Street, Porter with Stella and Sam: Night Fairies and Tree Wishes, on Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m. All library films are free of charge and open to the public. Discover the wonder and awe of childhood with Stella and Sam: Night Fairies and Tree Wishes. Sam has so many questions – and his sister, Stella, has answers for all of them as she leads him in adventure that transforms their house and yard into anywhere in the world. Stella and Sam is based on the book series written by Mary-Louise Gay. A number of books in the series are available for checkout at Hageman Library; more are on order. For more information, call Hageman Library at 926-9080. Family Film: Westchester Public Library’s Family Films series will continue at Hageman Library, 100 Francis Street, Porter, on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. with Wings of Life. Library films are free of charge and open to the public. Wings of Life is an adventure full of drama, beauty, and intrigue. “Narrated by Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible – and increasingly threatened - creatures.” (disney.com) Wings of Life is rated G and has a running time of 77 minutes. For more information, call Hageman Library at 926-9080. Love to knit or crochet? Join fellow enthusiasts every Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon around the fireplace. Refreshments, conversation, and relaxation included. Like us on Facebook! Hageman Branch 12 Museum Musings... Bookmarks Join Kellie Koerner for Bookmarks at the Museum on Thursday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton. Refreshments will be served. Dutch author Herman Koch has created an internationally bestselling phenomenon in The Dinner. The Dinner tells a darkly suspenseful tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives - all over the course of one meal. Tautly written, incredibly gripping, The Dinner skewers everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, revealing the dark side of genteel society and asking what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy. Bookmarks takes place on the third Thursday of the month at the museum and on the third Friday of the month at Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th St., Michigan City. It is not necessary to read the book before attending. Books are available at both Thomas and Hageman Libraries. Knitting Together Area knitters are invited to gather in the Brown Mansion for a cozy afternoon of knitting, conversation, and refreshments on Sunday, May 5, from 1-5 p.m. Those who crochet or do needlework are also welcome to attend. Who’s Who & What’s What Who’s Who and What’s What? is a display of unidentified photographs from the archives of the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton. The exhibit will run from May 1-19. The museum has hundreds of photographs in its archives, many of which are of unidentified dates, people, events, and/or places. The community is invited to browse the historic images and help museum staff identify the photographs. Maybe you’ll even discover a photo of yourself in the archive! Don’t miss Historically Speaking, Thursday, May 2, 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Tune in to Chesterton High School’s radio station, WDSO 88.3 FM, on the first Thursday of the month for Historically Speaking. This month’s topics include the Porter and Chesterton merge attempts and the happenings at the Porter County Museum. Mad About Mysteries Join Joan Costello when she presents the mysteries of Julie Hyzy at Mad About Mysteries at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton. Mad About Mysteries will take place on Wednesday, May 8, with a repeat presentation on Saturday, May 11. Julie Hyzy is the bestselling author of two award-winning mystery series: the Manor House Mysteries, featuring mansion curator and amateur sleuth Grace Watson, and the White House Chef series, featuring Olivia Paras, chief cook and mystery solver in the White House kitchen. Angel Goins will discus Amish mysteries at the June sessions of Mad About Mysteries. 13 From the Curator’s Desk... Last month, museum staff had a wonderful opportunity to visit the 7 th-grade English classes at Chesterton Middle School to present a program about Diana of the Dunes, whose real name was Alice Gray. The classes had been studying legends, myths and folktales, and teacher Linda Peele called the museum with a request to conduct a program about our local legend. Although we’d never done a program for kids about Diana of the Dunes, it was a great opportunity to learn more about her and help bring the story to a new generation. Since then, we’ve had the chance to speak to a few adults about the Diana of the Dunes program as well and have been a bit disconcerted by the fact that so many people believe the myths surrounding this woman. Because of the rampant misconceptions, I’ve decided to clarify some of the legend. Each of these points is based on our own research as well as the book Diana of the Dunes: The True Story of Alice Gray by Janet Edwards. Legend: Alice Gray was the daughter of a successful Chicago physician. Truth: Alice’s father, Ambrose Gray, was a Civil War veteran and lamplighter who supported his family with his meager wages and even smaller military pension. Her father died when Alice was a teenager, leaving her mother, Sallie, responsible for the welfare of Alice and her younger brother. Sallie repeatedly requested an increase in pension but was refused. Alice and her brother both worked to help support the family. Legend: Alice Gray was married to Paul Wilson. Truth: There is no evidence that there was a legal marriage between Alice and Paul. No marriage record or license exists. It is possible that they held a common law marriage. Legend: Paul repeatedly abused Alice. Truth: Based on Alice’s diaries and interviews with people who knew her, Paul treated Alice well and took it upon himself to protect her. He was a fairly large, burly man who was known to carry firearms at all times, and it is possible that his penchant for weapons and petty thievery created the idea that he was an abusive man. All the research we have done indicates, though, that he took care of Alice and never harmed her. Legend: Paul beat Alice to death just after the birth of their second daughter. Truth: This is two misconceptions. First, Paul did not kill Alice. Alice died of uremic poisoning (kidney failure). In addition, Alice and Paul never had children. Alice had nieces and nephews but never any children of her own. These are just four of the many misconceptions people have about Alice Gray, a.k.a. Diana of the Dunes. In spite of the legend being full of falsehoods, Alice Gray was, in fact, a fascinating woman ahead of her time. If you would like to learn more about the truth of Alice Gray, please visit the museum. We sell copies of Janet Edwards’ book and can present the Diana of the Dunes program at your next group meeting if you arrange it ahead of time. Serena Like us on Facebook! Westchester Township History Museum Sunday Nature Series The Sunday Nature Series will continue at the Westchester Township History Museum on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. The series will take place one Sunday per month through August. The museum is housed in the historic Brown Mansion, located at 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton. Light refreshments will be served. Library and personal gardener Tim Miller will lead a discussion of how to prepare your garden’s soil for planting. With detailed information about nutrients, chemicals, and pests, Miller is certain to offer insights that will help your garden flourish. Children ages six and up are invited to join Susan Swarner, museum educator, for a lesson on soil and growing plants while the adults meet with Miller. Participants will create dirt paintings and will begin their own gardens with seeds and peat pots. Registration is required for the children’s session. Register at the museum, or in the Children’s Depart14 ment at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, or at Hageman Library, 100 Francis Street, Porter.
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