The Clay County Historical Society is presenting a special program Feb. 4, 2008, during its monthly meeting, at 7 p.m., in the lower level of the museum.
Noted author and historian Ray E. Boomhower will be the featured speaker.
Boomhower will be speaking on his book "The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle."
He will also be available for a book signing after the presentation. The public is invited to attend.
A Dana, Ind., native, Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist during World War II, offering his readers a "worm's-eye view" of the fighting.
Pyle's columns were featured in hundreds of newspapers around the country.
Boomhower has published biographies of many prominent Indiana historical figures, including suffragette May Wright Sewall, Indiana historian Jacob Piatt Dunn, Jr., astronaut Gus Grissom and Civil War general and author Lew Wallace.
He currently is the editor of the quarterly magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History.
Historical Society President Vicki Mace saw Boomhower in a list of Indiana Historical Society speakers, and contacted him to speak in Clay County.
She said her love of World War II history attracted her to the story, and the fact that Pyle is originally from "not too far from home."
The Historical Society is beginning a membership drive, and Mace hopes programs like Boomhower's presentation will bring the public to the meetings.
Brazil Buzz writer Mary Lou Sartor will be speaking at the March meeting, and April will feature author Marlene Lu, who has published work on the Underground Railroad.
The Clay County Historical Society meets the first Monday of every month at the museum, at 7 p.m.