MOUNT VERNON - Archeologist, geologist, historian, folklorist, collector, storyteller, writer and "Master of the Temple of Tolerance," James Bowsher will return to the Chautauqua Series on Thursday October 29 at 7 PM at ThePlace@TheWoodward (120 S. Main St., Mt. Vernon).
Bowsher has appeared several times over the span of the Chautauqua Series, now in its 9th season and according to his biography, “His eclectic interests appeared at a very early age. A former teacher was asked what Jim was like in school. She replied, "I don’t know. I never got to see him because he was like a hummingbird." He says that, at age 7, he heard that the oldest Civil War veteran was hospitalized in Toledo (93 road miles from Wapakoneta) and persuaded his father to take him to visit (and make a tape recording now in the Library of Congress). Jim makes his living telling stories to schools, civic clubs, and prisons, illustrating his points with artifacts from his extensive collections. He talks with equal ease about Native Americans, the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan, the Holocaust, and the atomic bomb. He says his current task is to set to paper a series of 30 books which he's written in his head. He has no computer or email.”
ThePlace@TheWoodward is a first floor facility that is accessible to people with special needs, doors open at 6 PM. The series is presented by Elixir on a donation basis and supported in part by the Ariel Foundation. For more information on this and future programs visit www.elixirpresents.com, www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 740-392-6102.