Authors to discuss area history at Marietta church

MARIETTA — Two writers of local history will present their work at a program hosted by American Flags and Poles at 7 p.m. June 6 at the First Congregational Church, 318 Front St.

Pamela Douglas Brust, author of “The Hendersons: One Family’s Legacy,” wrote the first book about the family and the namesakes of Henderson Hall in Boaz.

Steve Magnusen will speak about his book, “To My Best Girl — Honor Courage and Love in the Civil War,” about Rufus and Mary Gates Dawes of Marietta.

The public is welcomed and there is no cost to attend.

Also, Brust and Magnusen will participate in a book signing 5-9 p.m. June 7 at American Flags and Poles, 276 Front St., during Marietta Main Street’s First Friday celebration in June. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact American Flags and Poles at 740-373-4262, flagsandpoles276@gamil.com, or https://americanflags.mysimplestore.com/.

Brust was born in Athens and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University. She served for more than 35 years as a reporter in Parkersburg, covering government, legal proceedings, and social service agencies.

Magnusen became a Civil War enthusiast at the age of 9 during a family trip to Gettysburg.

He is a native of Elkhart, Ind., and earned a degree in civil engineering from Purdue University. He was commissioned a U.S. Army officer through the ROTC program, achieving the rank of major in a 15-year career with both infantry and armored reserve units.