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Laman Library hosts "Tales from the South" in conjunction with “Greatest Generation” exhibition
Laman Library hosts "Tales from the South" in conjunction with “Greatest Generation” exhibition

The William F. Laman Public Library joins with the internationally-syndicated Tales from the South radio show featuring writers from “America’s Greatest Generation” reading their own true stories.

On Tuesday, April 26, the Library hosts the radio program live in its Auditorium. The doors open at 7pm. The night includes experiencing the Mid-America Art Alliance and National Endowment for the Humanities’ On the Road exhibit Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation in the Exhibit Hall, then a 1940's soda fountain reception with period pieces by Galaxy Furniture in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock. There will be live music during the reception by the Bluegrass Bombers from Jacksonville, featuring a 1940's cowboy look. The show starts at 8pm and features stories about being a WWII soldier at the Battle of the Bulge, ending up at a snake-handling church in 1945, and a little girl and her family getting bombed on a boat in 1941 as they tried to cross to Africa. Blues guitarist Mark Simpson will play during the show. Reservations for this show are made via Starving Artist Cafe' at 501-372-7976. The show is free and open to the public.

Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation exhibition has been made possible through NEH On the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to you by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation was organized by the Minnesota History Center/Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN. The exhibit can be seen at the William F. Laman Public Library Main Branch and runs through May 25.

Tales from the South Radio Show is "true stories told by the Southerners who lived them" recorded in front of a live audience (Dinner and a Show) at Starving Artist Cafe' in the Argenta Arts District (Downtown North Little Rock) on Tuesday nights. It airs locally on KUAR, FM 89.1 on Thursday evenings at 7pm and is syndicated by World Radio Network, a satellite radio distribution service, available to more than 130 million listeners worldwide. Podcasts are available on ITunes, NPR, PRX, KUAR, and Tales from the South.

Tales from the South is presented by William F. Laman Public Library with assistance from the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, AY Magazine, and the Argenta Arts Foundation.