March’s Program: Same War, Different Battlefields with Jean Messinger

Jean Messinger 2009
Jean Messinger (shown above) will present her 2008 book on “Same War, Different Battlefields: Inspiring Stories from Civilians Impacted by WWII.”

Jean will tell several stories from local residents mostly from Larimer and Weld counties, who were part of WWII as civilians or soldiers. Some were Japanese-Americans, some were Europeans including Germans, and even stateside civilians. From living under the Nazi occupation to witnessing the London Blitz to working at the POW camp near Greeley, Jean talked with many local residents who had either grim or humorous stories of their WWII past.

Author Jean Messinger was born and raised in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, graduated from Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin, and has lived in Colorado since 1952. Colorado Springs was home to Jean and her husband for nearly forty years. After teaching school for several years, at age fifty, she earned a master’s degree in art and architectural history from Denver University.

Jean started her writing career with Pride, Politics, and Style: History of the 1903 El Paso county Courthouse” and as a co-author with “Faith in High Places” on reviewing the architecture of many churches throughout Colorado and “Where Thy Glory Dwells. She continues with more works “A Closer Look at Beaver Dam,” “In the Best of Families,” and her latest book, “Voices from the Other Side.” You can visit Jean’s Website to learn more.

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