Civil War Letters – hear the stories

November 1 | 6:00 pm | Free | In the Bard Room at MRL
Civil War Letters – Hear the stories from the 200 letters that were sent in the 1860s
Jim and Lydia Rhodes, of Wayne County, Indiana, often corresponded during the Civil War. Greg Rhodes, great-grandson of Jim and Lydia, and his wife, Sallie, have transcribed more than 200 of the letters dating from 1861 to 1864. This presentation will summarize the arc of these years in the lives of Jim and Lydia, touching on Civil War history, Jim’s role as a soldier, rural Indiana homelife, parenting in the 1860s (their son was a toddler), and much more.
Presenter Greg Rhodes was raised in Richmond (a 1964 RHS graduate) and now lives in the Cincinnati area with his wife Sally Westheimer. Greg is the author of nine books on the Cincinnati Reds and has served as the Reds Team Historian since 2008.
November 9th
Award Winning Author Visits MRL
5:00 – 5:45 pm
Group Book Discussion: Pimp My Airship Pick up a free copy at the library and read it before the discussion.
6:00 pm
Author Talk
Meet the author Maurice Broaddus. He will present a Book Talk on his latest book, Afrofuturism and Sweep of Stars.
Maurice Broaddus, 2020 Indiana Author Award winner.
Maurice Broaddus:
An accidental teacher, an accidental librarian, and a purposeful community organizer, Maurice Broaddus’s work spans genres including science fiction, young adult, steampunk and urban fantasy. Broaddus is passionate about social justice, economic equity, and racial reconciliation. Learn more about Broaddus at
This book discussion and author visit is made possible with the generous support of the Indiana Humanities Novel Conversation program.
Book Discussion
November 9
5:00 pm at MRL
A few books are remaining. Pick up your free copy today at MRL
In preparation for our author visit by Maurice Broaddus immediately following at 6 pm, come discuss Pimp My Airship, the novel selected as “genre winner” of the 2020 Indiana Author Awards!
Registration is required. Stop by the Information Services Desk to sign-up and pick up your copy of the book to be returned on Nov. 9. Space is limited. Call us for more details 966-8291.
About Pimp My Airship:
All the poet called Sleepy wants to spit his verses, smoke chiba, and stay off the COP’s radar—all of which becomes impossible once he encounters a professional protestor known as (120 Degrees of) Knowledge Allah. They soon find themselves on the wrong side of local authorities and have to elude the powers that be.
When young heiress Sophine Jefferson’s father is murdered, the careful life she’d been constructing for herself tumbles around her. She’s quickly drawn into a web of intrigue, politics and airships, joining with Sleepy and Knowledge Allah in a fight for their freedom.