2013-12-06 / Community

Library speaker has a way with stories

Speaker Jerry Wiles is known for bringing alive the stories of historical figures. Wiles will tell the story of the parallel lives of Maine’s Joshua Chamberlain and Alabama’s William Oates at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Thomas Memorial Library.

The two colonels led infantry regiments at Little Round Top, when two nations’ futures swayed in the moment. Wiles has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Eastern Kentucky University. He taught history for 33 years at Greely Middle School in Cumberland and served in the Air Force until 1963. He has done dramatic presentations of history since 2001, and is well known throughout Maine for his knowledge and renditions of historical times and the people who made their mark on history. He is an engaging, much sought after speaker whose popular history lectures delight audiences throughout Maine. The program is free.

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