My Hometown local history project meets Jan 24

Historians Dr. Rick Whaley and Herman Bender invite the public to learn about their grassroots, community-based historical research project, My Hometown, at 6 p.m. Wednesday January 24 at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

The community will hear updates from the local amateur historians working on My Hometown research projects. As well, the duo wants to get the community’s input on themes and projects the group can pursue. Bender said they know that the Prohibition Era is of particular interest. The group’s output could be used for downtown marketing and walking or driving tours, he said.

Whaley retired in 2015 after 43 years of teaching, with the last 22 years in Marian University’s History Dept., where he taught American history, geography, American government and honors classes.

Bender is an independent researcher, writer, editor, geologist and historian. He is internationally published in the fields of history, cultural landscapes and Native American studies.


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