The Johnston County Heritage Center in Smithfield will host a book signing by author Scott Mason on Saturday, November 16, from 11 am to 2 pm.
Mason will have copies of his newest book, Tar Heel Traveler: New Journeys Across North Carolina, as well as other popular books he has written about North Carolina cuisine and encounters with unique individuals throughout the state. His book Faith and Air: The Miracle List (2017), includes a miracle story about Johnston County’s own J. D. Lancaster, a Pearl Harbor survivor.
On the following Saturday, November 23, at 11 am, the Heritage Center will unveil its next exhibit, “A Generation Goes to War, 1941-1945.” The displays will feature direct quotes from Johnston County soldiers and other local individuals who experienced the Second World War.
“During World War II, an entire generation of young adults was mobilized either by the federal government or by industries supporting the war effort,” states Heritage Center Director Todd Johnson. “We are fortunate to have many of their stories told in their own words through oral history interviews, news accounts, letters, and personal memoirs,” he adds, “so this exhibit will be light on secondary narrative and heavy on first-hand accounts of those who actually made this history.”
Both events will take place in the Heritage Center’s Holding-Richardson Exhibit Hall and are open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact the Center at 919-934-2836, or visit www.jcheritagecenter.org.