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Author delivers heartwarming presentation in Evansville

Author Ann Zemke entertained more than 60 people at the Evansville Senior Center last Saturday.

The attendees had accepted an open invitation by The Novel Experience Book Club of Evansville to attend the club's May meeting.

They also had the chance to see historic quilts, newer made quilts and displays of upcoming sesquicentennial events by the Evansville Historical Foundation, Douglas County Historical Society and Evansville Arts Coalition,

Zemke has captivated audiences all across the U.S. at museums, quilt guilds, senior residences, churches, book clubs and schools with a fascinating story of her grandmother, Marjorie Peterson.

The combination of narrative from Peterson's diary - a beautiful hand-made quilt with its own story - made for a heartwarming experience, according to book club members.

Zemke interwove the history of the orphan train into her presentation and will continue to tell her grandmother's story to encourage others to live as her grandmother did, without bitterness and spreading kindness wherever she happened to be.

Following the presentation, Zemke signed copies of her book, They Named Me Marjorie, for those who wished to read the whole story. This event was co-sponsored by the Evansville Historical Foundation, the Douglas County Historical Society, and the Novel Experience Book Club of Evansville.