On November 7th, the sixth in the monthly series of First Friday events at the Katy Depot will feature “Pearl Harbor Child”—Dorinda Nicholson’s eyewitness account of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson was born to a Hawaiian mother and Caucasian father and spent her childhood in Hawaii, visiting the mainland for the first time when she was 18 after winning a “Flight to Fame” contest for her hula performance.  Ms. Nicholson witnessed the Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II and has spent many years educating children and adults about the momentous events of those times.  She has published numerous travel articles and authored a series of educational filmstrips for children about the history, culture, industry and land of Hawaii.  Pearl Harbor Child is her first book, followed by Pearl Harbor Warriors, winner of several national awards.  I got to speak with Deb Biermann with the Katy Depot about the First Fridays, and about all the other great stuff coming up with the Depot.

Doors open at 5:30 for First Fridays with refreshments and the presentation begins at 6 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Call the Depot Store at 826-2932 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information about First Fridays, the Book Drive, the Caboose project, the Polar Express reading, the Model Train Exhibit, or anything else going on with the Katy Depot, contact:  Jill White, Site Manager for the Sedalia Heritage Foundation.  She's at the Historic Katy Depot,  600 East Third Street, you can call at 660.826.2932 email, or visit the website.

Historically yours,

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