Events for: Boot Cotton Mills Museum Events Center

2:00 pm

Kenneth M. Tingle “The Girl in the Italian Bakery”

Life didn't do Kenny Tingle any favors. In The Girl in the Italian Bakery, follow his journey from childhood in a tough housing project in Lawrence Massachusetts, to his introduction to crime and the years he spent in foster homes. Although he never has trouble meeting girls, the one girl he longs for always seems out of reach. The Girl in the Italian Bakery is the remarkably true story of always keeping hope, even when there is little left to hope for.
7:00 pm

Lillian Nayder “The Other Dickens-Catherine in 2012”

Catherine Hogarth married Charles Dickens in 1836, the same year he began serializing his first novel. Together they traveled widely, entertained frequently, and raised ten children. In 1858, the celebrated writer pressured Catherine to leave their home, unjustly alleging that she was mentally disordered, unfit and unloved as wife and mother. Dickens created the image of his wife as a depressed and uninteresting figure, using two of her three sisters against her, by measuring her presumed weaknesses against their strengths. This self-serving fiction is still widely accepted. In the first comprehensive biography of Catherine Dickens, Lillian Nayder, Professor of English, Bates College, and President of the International Dickens Society, debunks this tale in retelling it, wresting away from the famous novelist the power to shape his wife's story.
2:00 pm

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti “Can’t Die But Once” Harriet Tubman, a singular, complex character, a woman.

_0005_gwenHarriet Tubman, a woman of unique qualities and abilities even though she was illiterate, maintained an unblemished record of vigilance, legacy of sacrifice and struggle.  Harriet Tubman weaves a tale of truth, pain, courage, and determination that take the audience into her life:  from enslaved woman to eventual escape and the United States Government soliciting her unique talent.  They enlisted her as a scout and spy for the Union cause and she battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War.
2:00 pm

Thomas Anderson “Bee MY Honey! – Honey Bees, Pollinator Health, and the Great Global Honey Scam.”

_0006_beesATTENTION: This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for fall 2020, please check back later for more information. Learn about honeybees, what it takes to keep them healthy and happy, and how adulterated honey became one of the biggest agricultural frauds in history! Dr Anderson will bring a few jars of honey to sample and you are encouraged to bring your own favorites to bee reviewed and discuss its origins.  Dr. Anderson holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology and Entomology from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State University. Dr Anderson is a Science Policy Fellow with the Entomology Society of America, and is also a certified beekeeper and a life member of the NC State Beekeepers Association.