Fort Wayne resident, Jim Pickett, is a retired school teacher with a passion for local history he has channeled into a short, extensively researched, historical thriller about the 1790 Battle of Kekionga.
The book is called "The Bones of Kekionga," and offers a "you were there" perspective on this slice of history from pre-Fort Wayne, in what's now the Lakeside area.
Pickett's current work as driving instructor keeps him in touch with the very streets that are built on the city's rich heritage, and he continues to marvel at the tales they tell.
The work is written for all ages, young adult and older, and his lectures and presentations on the topic have a wide appeal.
Last week, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with Jim to learn his motivation for the project, and how he managed to bring the story, as well as its setting, to life and ready for its readers to experience.
Event Information for Book Signings and Presentations:
Kekionga Festival, Decatur Indiana
August 18th & 19th, 2018
Grabill County Fair, Grabill, Indiana
September 6th - 8th, 2018
North Anthony Corridor Block Party, Fort Wayne
September 9th, 2018
44th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival, Fort Wayne
September 15th & 16th, 2018
Connect with Jim and find book information at The Bones of Kekionga website.