Grant recipient to give program about travels

Polk County Itemizer-Observer

MONMOUTH — The 2009 Friends of Gentle House Travel Grant recipient, Alexa Moss, will present a program on her year in Germany Thursday, Nov. 18, at Gentle House.

Refreshments and house tours will follow the presentation, scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. The public is welcome.

Information will be available on volunteer activities at Gentle House and how WOU students can apply for the travel grant.

Gentle House, located at 855 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, was the home of Prof. Thomas H. Gentle and is now operated by the Western Oregon University Foundation as a museum and venue for meetings and celebrations for the university and the community.

Gentle grew up on a farm in western Illinois and after graduating from Illinois Normal University as a teacher in 1894 enrolled at the University in Jena, Germany.

His experiences traveling and studying in Germany had a profound and lasting influence on his professional and private life. He was always grateful for the opportunity to experience other cultures and develop an appreciation for art, music, and other languages. The purpose of the Travel Grant is to help current students have similar opportunities.

For more information: Madeline Fisher, president, Friends of Gentle House, 503-838-2995.

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