The Puyallup Historical Society presents a history of local boy and UW crew member George “Shorty” Hunt, Jr., including race memorabilia, photographs and film clips of the 1936 Olympic boat race. Cameo appearance by Hunt’s daughter, Kristin Cheney. Revel in race memorabilia and stories of a local “Boys in the Boat” crew member at 10:30 a.m. on April 18, 2015, at Puyallup Public Library , 324 S. Meridian, Puyallup 98371. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Emergency Food Network.
Pierce County Library System and Puyallup Public Library are partnering to present Puyallup’s Boy in the Boat, a Pierce County READS 2015 signature event. Filled with history and local interest, The Boys in the Boat is the 2015 selection for Pierce County Library’s 8th annual Pierce County READS, a one-community, one-book program that encourages everyone in the county to read the same book at the same time and come together to talk about it.
More about The Boys in the Boat
Pierce County READS titles are best-selling works by a living author that appeal to wide audiences, present relevant themes and provoke meaningful discussion. The Boys in the Boat meets those criteria and more. The No. 1 New York Times Best-Seller chronicles the 1936 U.W. crew team and their epic quest for gold at the Berlin Olympics. Against the grim backdrop of the Great Depression, this nine-man crew of working class origins stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans. The boys reaffirmed the American notion that hard work and merit outweighs birthright. They reminded the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together.
63 free events
The library has put together 63 free events that cover various themes from “The Boys in the Boat” including boating, sports, the Olympics, the Depression era and more. Author Daniel James Brown will speak and sign books at the McGavick Conference Center @ Clover Park Technical College on April 24. Learn more at www.piercecountyreads.org . Download the event brochure (PDF) or view on the library’s interactive calendar . Events are free and open to all ages. Pierce County READS 2015 is presented by Pierce County Library System and The News Tribune , and sponsored by KeyBank Foundation and McGavick Conference Center , along with more than 20 private and public community partners.