Michael Socha Jr. will be the featured speaker for Lunch With The History People Thursday, October 19, 2017, from noon – 1 PM held in the Ruth Maney Room on the first floor of the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot). 

A little about Michael, since 1998, Michael Socha, Jr. has been a non-denominational pastor in Virginia, Minnesota. Currently, he works as an airline reservationist. Michael spent eight years writing the book, Vera, which is a compilation of stories from the life of Vera Socha, his mother. Including a story about his grandfather coming home after being presumed dead.

Mike will discuss Vera: A Gripping True Story of Amazing Perseverance and Love. Vera Socha was born in the Southern Ukraine in 1926. During World War II, when Vera was only 16 years old, she was forced to leave her family and work in Germany under dire conditions.

In 1951, she immigrated to Duluth. Vera raised seven children and became certified as an artist with the Minneapolis Art Instruction School. Over the years, she created many artworks. She was also an art instructor at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute and has taught art to senior adults.

There will be limited theater-style seating (no tables), but feel free to bring your own bag lunch. Seating is first-come, first served (no reservations). Admittance to this event is free to the public. ARCO coffee is provided.

For more information contact Julie Bolos at 218-733-7568 or julie@thehistorypeople.org.