Meet Oklahoma Author and Historian John Dwyer

Book signing and presentation by Author-Historian John Dwyer on his latest novel “Shortgrass” at the Bartlesville Area History Museum, Thursday July 13, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  

The stories of our past, real or imagined, serve as classrooms for today’s traveler. They reveal humanity at its best and at its worst, and as spoken often throughout history, those who fail to learn its lessons are doomed to repeat its mistakes. In the first of a two-part saga, author and historian John J. Dwyer draws from the written and unwritten pages of American history, to weave a story that could parallel today’s headlines. Dwyer’s Shortgrass (Tiree Press, May 2017) offers a realism that differs from your typical historical novel revealing the grit and determination that defined “The Greatest Generation.” The story’s characters embody the many real life heroes that traveled similar paths during those turbulent times of world conflict and human survival and the lessons taught reveal something of the author himself. “While the story is set in a different era, Shortgrass, and its sequel, Mustang, are the closest thing to my own written testament to those who come after me. They depict what I have learned about love and loss, history and heroes, inner conflict and unanswered questions, God and man - life itself,” offers Dwyer. “Although a work of fiction, the history and the lessons it teaches us are timeless and real.”

John J. Dwyer earned his Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. Since 2006, he has been adjunct professor of history and ethics at Southern Nazarene University. Former history chair at Coram Deo Academy, near Dallas, Texas, he is the author of the The War Between the States: America’s Uncivil War, the historical novels Stonewall and Robert E. Lee, the novel When Bluebonnets Come and the recently released, The Oklahomans: The Story of Oklahoma and Its People. John is also the former editor and publisher of the Dallas/Fort Worth Heritage newspaper.

“The difference between John Dwyer and other historical authors is that he doesn’t just tell what happened, he shows why people did what they did.” -Bob Blackburn, Executive Director, Oklahoma Historical Society

The Bartlesville Area History Museum is located at 401 S. Johnstone, on the  5th floor of City Hall.  A family friendly facility where admission is free and donations are always welcome. Hours are Monday –Friday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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