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#PickoftheWeek | Flushing literary event salutes veterans
Commemorate Veterans Day Weekend by listening to stories written by those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
The Lewis H. Latimer House Museum will host a Voices From War Event on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 pm.
Founded by novelist Kara Krauze in 2013, Voices From War is an NYC-based nonprofit that offers writing workshops to veterans and their families.
On Saturday, Omar Columbus, Rafael Diaz, Emmanuel Duvivier, Ellen Emerson, Leo Farley, and Ted Hayes will read original works by Voices From War participants on a variety of topics related to armed conflict.
Admission is free.
Located at 34-41 137th St. in Flushing, the Latimer House is a two-story wood-frame residence with Queen Anne style architecture and NYC landmark status. Its namesake and his descendants lived there from 1903 until 1963. (The structure was moved from its original site on Holly Avenue to its current location about 1.4 miles away in 1988.)
The namesake, Lewis Howard Latimer (1848–1928), was an African-American inventor who designed carbon filaments that led to the creation of electric light. This son of escaped slaves was also a self-taught master draftsman, painter, patent law expert, and poet.
To honor his legacy, the historic house organizes public programs that call attention to the contributions to science and technology that Latimer and other African-Americans have made over the centuries.
Top and carousel images: Latimer House; bottom image: Voices From War
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