Speaking Engagements

Author Marsha Norris Knudsen brings history to life through programs that inspire, entertain, and educate. Her program Memory Keepers Leave Legacies inspires participants to “Preserve the Past, Honor the Present, Leave a Legacy.” Participants learn how to find information on a veteran’s military service, safeguard photographs and letters, and record family stories–thus leaving a legacy for future generations.

To see a preview of Marsha’s program titled “Memory Keepers Leave Legacies”:
Here’s the link

March 7, 2015 Speaker: OSHER SATURDAY MORNING BOOK TALKS (11407 Hillcrest Drive in Columbia) Book Talk 10:00; Sales & Signing 11:00. Program honors WWII generation and encourages others to preserve photographs and letters, and record family stories. We will also discuss memoir writing, editing, publishing, sales and marketing. OPEN TO PUBLIC

March 17, 2015   Speaker:  QUOTA INTERNATIONAL OF KIRKSVILLE, luncheon.

April 1, 2015  Speaker:  MILLER’S CREEK EXTENSION CLUB, luncheon.

April 22, 2015  Speaker:  FULTON OPTIMIST CLUB, 6:00 am meeting

April 22, 2015  Speaker:  COLUMBIA METRO ROTARY CLUB, noon meeting

April 28, 2015    Speaker: P.E.O. Chapter in Fulton, 7:00 pm

May 21, 2015  Speaker:  FARBER LIBRARY, 2:00 pm. 113 W Front Street, Farber, MO.   PUBLIC INVITED

June 12, 2015 Speaker: Vandalia Historical Society, 7:00 pm

June 27, 2015 Speaker: Shelbina United Methodist Women, 6:00 pm

July 17, 2015 Speaker: Kingdom of Callaway Retired Teachers, 12:00 noon, Fulton

July 20, 2015 Speaker: P.E.O. HK Chapter in Columbia, 7:00 pm

July 28, 2015 Speaker: Montgomery County Retired Teachers, 11:00 am, Montgomery City

September 18, 2015 Speaker: Columbia Senior Activities Center, 10:00 am

September 20, 2015 Speaker: Veterans Salute, New Bloomfield Civic Association, 3:00 pm

September 26, 2015 Book Signing at Author’s Writers Showcase, Montgomery City Autumnfest, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

October 29, 2015 Speaker: Sunrise Southwest Rotary in Columbia, 6:30 am

November 8, 2015 Speaker: Veterans Salute, Fulton Christian Church, church service 10:30 am, Dinner/Program 11:30 am, PUBLIC INVITED

November 10, 2015 Speaker: Veterans Day Eve Salute, The Terrace, A Retirement Community, Columbia, 11:00 am

November 10, 2015 Speaker: Military Memories, a Salute to Veterans, Brouder Science Center Auditorium, Columbia College Campus, 7:00 pm, PUBLIC INVITED

December 2, 2015 Speaker: Presbyterian Church Women, in Williamsburg, 1:00 pm


September 27, 2014   Montgomery City AUTUMN FEST.  BOOK TALK and SIGNING.  Speaker:  Program to honor WWII veterans. How honored I was to present my program following the grand entrance of the honor guard presentation of flags.  Nothing beats patriotic music and uniformed veterans!                                          

October 14, 2014   Speaker:  Daniel Boone Regional Library (Columbia, MO)  “Thanks to all who came out on a rainy night to share my book talk.”

August 14, 2014   Thank you to the Golden K Kiwanis (Columbia, MO) for inviting me to honor the WWII generation with my program.  Nearly half of the attendees were veterans which made the event very special for me.


August 12, 2014   Thanks to Debo Funeral Home in Fulton for inviting me to be the speaker at their open house.  It was my pleasure to honor veterans and sign books.


August 8, 2014   Columbia Rotary South members were entertained by Marsha’s program on “Sailor’s Mail.”  A good time was had by all.


July 19, 2014  Marsha presented her program “Memory Keepers Leave Legacies” to the MEXICO OPTIMIST CLUB.  Following is a quote from a thank-you note she received from Sterling Oliver (Club member):  “We were honored to have you and your husband as our guests.  Your story was powerful, and made more so by the professional training and experience which you brought to the task of delivering it to us.  Thank you. . . .”

Contact the author with comments or to schedule a program for your club or civic organization.

[Historical non-fiction, paperback, 326 pages, publisher: Compass Flower Press]

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