The first family to win the coveted author prize awarded during the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival
St. LOUIS, MISSOURI, April 8, 2017— The Miller Family joins the ranks of award-winning authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder and former First Lady Laura Bush, both past recipients of the prestigious Ella Dickey Literacy Award. Honored for their joint effort in preserving history through literature, the Miller Family receives this award for their book, Soldiers’ Stories: A Collection of WWII Memoirs. The awards ceremony scheduled for April 27, 2017, in Marshfield, Missouri, is in conjunction with the town’s three-day annual Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival.
2017 Ella Dickey Literacy Award winners:
- The Miller Family for their work preserving WWII veterans’ stories and photos in the book, Soldiers’ Stories: A Collection of WWII Memoirs. The five adult siblings receiving the award are Myra Miller, Ph.D., Ken Miller, Del Miller, Marshall Miller, and Lynette Miller Ballard.
- Charlotte Stewart (Ms. Beadle, Little House on the Prairie television show) honored for her book, Little House in the Hollywood Hills.
- Dorinda Nicholson for her book, Pearl Harbor Child: A Child’s View of Pearl Harbor from Attack to Peace.
- Virginia O’Hanlon Douglas, from the famous 1897 editorial, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus. Honored for her contribution to Christmas lore and literature, she will be represented at the award ceremony by her grandson, Jim Temple.
- Kathy Garver (Cissy, Family Affair television show) for her book, Surviving Cissy: My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood.
- Tim Pletkovich for his book, Civil War Fathers, Sons of the Civil War in WWII.
The Ella Dickey Literacy Award is presented annually in honor of Marshfield’s first librarian, Ella Dickey. Dickey served in this capacity for over 50 years. The award honors national authors who have contributed to the preservation of history and was first presented in 2002 by the Webster County Literacy Council.
Also in attendance at the 2017 festival will be David Roosevelt (grandson of Franklin D. Roosevelt), Mary Eisenhower (granddaughter of Dwight D. Eisenhower), Jonathan Sandys (great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill), Jennifer Harville (great-granddaughter of President Calvin Coolidge), George Cleveland (grandson of Grover Cleveland), Bertram Hayes-Davis (great, great-grandson of Jefferson Davis), in addition to other names soon to be announced.
About the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival in Marshfield, Missouri
An annual three-day event in the spring celebrates the city of Marshfield and the state of Missouri. Activities are varied and scheduled throughout the event. Descendants of Presidents are invited to come and share their stories. Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Cleveland, and Ford are just a few of the Presidents represented at past Cherry Blossom festivities. Celebrities with ties to Missouri are invited and other noteworthy award recipients honored. http://www.cherryblossomfest.com
- Cherry Blossom Award: The medal honors contributions made in civic, philanthropic, faith, business and patriotic endeavors.
- Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative: Presented in honor of Marshfield’s native son, Dr. Edwin P. Hubble, namesake of the Hubble Telescope to individuals or couples who have shown great initiative in their chosen field, honoring the initiative of Hubble and the fortitude exhibited by his scientific theories and discoveries. This medal is a bi-partisan honor that is presented in honor of Hubble’s life, work, and fortitude.
- Homer Case Medal of Patriotism: Brigadier General Homer Case died in April 1996 at age 101. He was a veteran of three major wars and the oldest general in the United States when he died. He grew up in Marshfield, Missouri.
- Missouri Walk of Fame: Honors six famous Missourians each year with a star in the sidewalk of the historic downtown district. All inductees must have either been born in or lived in the state of Missouri or have contributed significantly to the greater good of the Show-Me State.
About The Miller Family
Myra Miller, Ken Miller, Del Miller, Marshall Miller, and Lynette Miller Ballard are the five adult children of Myron H. Miller, S/Sgt who served in the United States Armed Forces from 1942-1946 during WWII in the European Theater Operation. Growing up in the small, rural community of Dixon, Missouri, the children of Myron and Dolores Gates Miller went off to college and lived their lives until, decades later, found themselves together again on a road of discovery concerning their father’s war. During that process, they knew that there were not enough stories about their own father to fill an entire book and realized that other families might have stories and photos to share. Thus, the idea for Soldiers’ Stories: A Collection of WWII Memoirs was born in February 2016. Through one crazy trip, hard work, and combined efforts, the book was published in December 2016. The full color, 338-page book features over 140 stories and 500 photos/illustrations of ordinary men and women who sacrificed during WWII.
Myra, Marshall, and Lynette live in St. Louis, Missouri. Ken lives in Dixon, Missouri, and Del resides in Denver, Colorado.
Dayna Linton is the book producer/publisher with BookWise Publishing located in Riverton, Utah, (208) 604-1138, firstname.lastname@example.org.