Author and researcher Mary Kerr will give a talk on the German POWs who were stationed in Washington and Eureka and who worked for local farmers and the Dickinson canning factories during WWII. Kerr has written a book titled “Washington’s Homefront and the POWs,” and is currently working on an expanded version that will include what she has learned since the first publication. Her talk is sponsored by the Woodford County Historical Society and will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Community Room of the Eureka Apostolic Christian Home, 610 W. Cruger St.

Many of our local residents worked at the canning factories in the early 1940s when beans, corn, peas and pumpkin were the main products. Not a few couples met at the canning factories and have now been happily married for 50 or 60 years.

The Historical Society is all about preserving our history, but it’s also about getting together as friends in the here and now. All those who want to, can gather to eat dinner together at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the east dining room of the Cornerstone Restaurant on Rte. 24 west of Eureka. It’s dutch treat and everyone orders from the menu. Reservations are not needed. For more information, call (309) 360-6772.