BEMIDJI -- Wendell Affield, local author will be the guest speaker at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Bemidji Adventures in Lifelong Learning at Beltrami Electric’s community room, 4111 Technology Drive NW.

Affield will share treasures he unearthed through research from his mother’s commitment records after she was committed to Fergus Falls State Hospital; court documents taking away parental rights and he and his siblings placed in foster homes; generations-old insights he gained from the current owners of the Fratt Mansion in Everett, Wash. His mother, Barbara, lived an unusual life, and he began a series of interviews with her, hoping to tell her story, never suspecting that the key to it lay decomposing in the chicken house, 70 feet from where they sat visiting in the old farmhouse. After she died in 2010, Affield and his sister salvaged the chicken house treasures dated from 1822-1984. Over the past eight years, he spent countless hours studying, scanning, and transcribing documents.

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Affield is the author of three books: “Muddy Jungle Rivers, a Vietnam War Memoir.” In 2017 he published the first in his Chickenhouse Chronicles series, “Herman,” and in this year, “Pawns.”

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Coffee and treats will be ready at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome.