Terry White, former executive director at the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. (parent organization of GraceConnect), is featured in today’s Warsaw, Ind., Times-Union as a story he wrote is included in the latest edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Age Is Just a Number: 101 Stories of Humor & Wisdom for Life After 60. A portion of the Times-Union article is included below. Click here to read the complete story.
Winona Lake Man Published In ‘Chicken Soup’
The most recent release in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, subtitled “Age is Just a Number,” features a Winona Lake resident who accidentally stumbled into a new career in his 70s.
The book went on sale Tuesday at Wal-Mart, in bookstore chains and on Amazon.com.
Dr. Terry White, retired Grace College professor, is featured in an article titled “Accidental Historian.” White, who does not have an academic background as a historian, details in the article how he came to be known as “Mr. Winona History” in the Warsaw/Winona Lake area.
Sometime around 2011, White began thinking about the upcoming centennial of the incorporation of Winona Lake as a town, which occurred in June 1913. He began asking whether any celebrations were being planned (they were not) and whether the history of the town had been updated from the Gaddis and Huffman history, which had been published more than 50 years ago.
Sensing a need, White began collecting material, interviewing town officials and senior citizens and prowling the archives in the Grace College library, the Indiana Room of the Warsaw Community Public Library and the files of the Winona History Center in Westminster Hall in Winona Lake. His wife agreed to frequent local garage sales, keeping an eye out for materials on local history and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings about Winona’s history.
The result was the publication, in June 2013, of a 340-page illustrated book titled “Winona at 100: Third Wave Rising.” In consultation with local academic Dr. Steve Grill, White detailed the history of Winona Lake in 20 chapters, featuring not only Winona Lake celebrities Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver, but also including chapters on the restoration of the town, crimes and tragedies in Winona Lake, notable structures throughout the history of the town and more.
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