Local author, Nick Adams will discuss his book, The Uncivil War: Battle in the Classroom, for the Lakewood Historical Society on Tuesday, May 17th at 7 pm. It will be held in the Parish Hall at St Mary’s Episcopal Church, 10630 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, next to the Lakewood Library.
This book demonstrates how history magically comes alive and meaningful when students become personally involved. The social studies assignment of two fourth grade students reveals they are directly connected by tragic events that occurred 150 years earlier. The students discover their ancestors fought in the battle of Chickamauga but on opposite sides. The book follows their struggle and resolution of the issues that faced their ancestors.
Nick is a recently retired elementary school teacher who draws on classroom experiences in his stories. Studying the American Civil War–its issues, personalities, and events–is his passion. His own grandfather fought with the Second Minnesota Volunteers. He has been writing and telling stories professionally for more than 20 years, and appears regularly at area schools, libraries, bookstores and stages. He is happily married, and the proud grandfather of fourteen, to whom he has dedicated six recorded collections of the stories he tells. Eclectically, he is also an avid collector of ancient Greek, Roman, and British coins, and a summertime kayaker in our beautiful Puget Sound.
Besides reviewing his book, Nick will share stories obtained from local residents whose ancestors served during the Civil War, bringing history to our local area. Nick will autograph his books that he will have available for sale. Refreshments will be served.