Just the Facts

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fishers Library
Fishers East

Event Details

If you enjoy reading nonfiction books (contemporary issues, history, politics, biography, etc…) then this is the group for you !!! We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Fishers Library. October 9: “Once Upon a Town: the Miracle of the North Platte Canteen” by Bob Greene (940.52 Gre 2003): During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen. Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers was open from five a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Astonishingly, this remote plains community of only 12,000 people provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended. In this poignant and heartwarming eyewitness history, based on interviews with North Platte residents and the soldiers who once passed through, Bob Greene tells a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.
Event Type(s): Book Discussion Groups
Presenter: Trudy Timkovich