Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Author Kathy Reichs to Speak at Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner on Wednesday, April 8

Dr. Kathy Reichs
photo by Marie-Reine Mattera

Like her protagonist Temperance Brennan, best-selling author Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of only about a hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is the former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada.  Reichs’ own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the long-running TV show Bones.

Tickets are available from Triad Stage by calling 336-272-0160 on online.  The evening begins with a reception at 6 pm, followed by a seated dinner  in Cone Ballroom of the Elliott University Center and a short business meeting.  The presentation begins at 7:45 and will be followed by a book signing. Copies of the author's books will be for sale by the UNCG Bookstore both prior to the event and during the evening.

Ticket prices are as follows:
  • Sponsored table of eight:  $600 (includes recognition on signage and in program if received by March 15)
  • Members of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries: $60
  • Non-members: $70
  • Program only (no dinner, admitted at 7:40 pm) $22 
Dinner reservations must be received by April 1.  Presentation-only tickets are available while they last. 
Wednesday, April 8
 Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner with 
Author and Forensic Scientist Kathy Reichs.
6 p.m. Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center, UNCG.  
Tickets on sale from Triad Stage by calling 336-272-0160.

For more information, contact Barry Miller at

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Schlosser to Give Talk about Greensboro at the Beginning of World War I

Wednesday, February 25: Presentation by journalist Jim Schlosser, “Greensboro at the Beginning of World War I.”
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.  Free and open to the public.

 In the summer of 1914, when  World War I erupted in Europe, Greensboro residents were curious but not too concerned about an event so far away. Few Greensboro men knew anything of military service. The last draft was 50 years ago in the Civil War. For this latest war, President Woodrow Wilson pledged strict neutrality for America.

As the world observes the centennial of the  war’s beginning, Jim Schlosser, retired writer for the Greensboro News & Record and O. Henry Magazine, will discuss life in Greensboro from 1914 to April, 1917 when the nation finally went to war against Germany and its allies.

During the  interlude,  Henry K. Burtner continued to sell furniture at his family’s Burtner Furniture Store on South Elm Street. Floyd W. Booker  worked at Cone Mills’ Proximity plant.  Annie Wade Reveley, a graduate of Greensboro's St. Leo's Hospital nursing school, went daily from her home on a narrow downtown street to help the city’s sick and injured.

The  city prospered as it grew from a post-Civil War backwater town to a major manufacturing and insurance center. The railroad had made good times possible. Tracks radiated in six directions from the city.

Greensboro people became armchair warriors. Will’s book store and Meyer’s department store advertised war maps for following battles fought in places locals had never heard of, including Armentieres.

Greensboro newspapers ran interviews with area people who had escaped from Europe. Not all did. Dr. Claribel Cone of the wealthy textile family wound up stuck in Germany for the duration, unable to continue her art collecting. The Germans apparently didn’t associate her with Cone Mills, where her brothers were retooling their factories to make clothing for British and French soldiers even before the U.S. joined the war.

It would be a short, victorious war for the Yanks. But the experience was traumatic for Greensboro. Of the 1,634 men and 12 female nurses from the area  who went to war,  Burtner, Booker and Reveley were among 78  killed in combat or who died from influenza that swept European battlefields. The cost was heavy for an area that never expected to go to war.