Monthly Program:
At the Museum, 301 Traverse Street (on corner of Pine Street)

June 4, 2020 (Thursday) - 7:00 p.m.

Traverse City Hospital in the 1950's using Historical Fiction  

Presented by: Rick Vandeweghe

     JIMMY QUINN is historical fiction set at the Traverse City State Hospital in the 1950's. A bittersweet story of fraternal kinship and human compassion, the novel chronicles the events that led to the closing of the very successful farm program and that ended opportunities for patients to work at the farm.

     Through historical photographs of the State Hospital, his presentation will examine the intersection of history and fiction from the perspective of a writer. Anyone who has ever told a story from personal experience knows that there are many intersections between history and fiction. I hope the audience will develop a deeper understanding of how historical fiction can illuminate one’s understanding of history.

     Richard VanDeWeghe is Professor Emeritus of English from the University of Colorado, Denver. JIMMY QUINN is the first novel in the Traverse City State Hospital Series. Two other novels are in preparation.

Admission by Donation
Seating limited to first 100 people to arrive.

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