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Author Sheldon Russell to present program at NWOGS


November 8, 2019

The November Northwest Genealogy Society (NWOGS) meeting will be held at the Alva Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. The program will be presented by author Sheldon Russell.

A former Oklahoma public school English teacher, Russell retired as a professor emeritus from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2000. He is the author of four previously published novels: “Empire,” a suspense novel; two historic frontier novels, “The Savage Trail” and “Requiem at Dawn,” which was voted a Finalist in the 2001 Western Writers of America, Inc. Spur Awards competition; and “Dreams to Dust: A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush,” which won the 2006 Langum Prize for Excellence in American Historical Fiction and the 2007 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction and was selected as an Official Oklahoma Centennial Project. His latest fictional novel, “A Forgotten Evil,” is a story set in the American West right after the end of the Civil War.

Many of Russell's novels are based on historical events in Oklahoma and Kansas and present a great deal of local history he carefully researches. He will share ideas on how to successfully do such research and also methods that genealogists use while doing their research.

NWOGS will meet again on Dec. 14 at the Alva Public Library at 10 a.m. The December meeting is a time to reflect on the research we have accomplished through the year including “finds” and our “brick walls” and to share our favorite refreshments. Visitors are always welcome.


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