By Renee Larr
Noblesville resident and author, Kurt Meyer, will be speaking at 7 p.m. May 3 at Ivy Tech Community College (300 N. 17th St. Room 229. The event is sponsored by the Noblesville branch of the American Association of University Women. AAUW works to empower women through research, educational funding and public policy.
Meyer is an accomplished novelist, newspaper columnist and blogger. His two novels, “Noblesville” and “Salvage Man,” revolve around the history of the town of Noblesville. He’s also worked as a realtor specializing in historic properties.
“My first book, “Noblesville,” was set in the 1890s in Noblesville. It really came out of my restoring an old house and researching the former owners’ lives. In my research I came across the summer of 1893 which had a series of odd events,” he said.
Meyer will be discussing the history of Noblesville, which he’s studied extensively for his two novels.
“I spent a lot of time reading the local newspapers on microfilm, digging up diaries and seeking out old photographs. It’s just continued on out of interest and due to a couple of writing projects I’m still working on right now. There was a time I could have walked the streets of 1890’s Noblesville in my mind and known exactly where everything was located. I wanted to have a clear view so my writing was authentic,” Meyer said.
His presentation will include photographs and a tour of the daily life of Noblesville residents in the 1890s.
“We”ll take a walk through 1890’s Noblesville and what life was like. I have some old photos that have been digitized from that time in my actual neighborhood. They’re photos of children playing games, people laughing, smiling and relaxing in their homes,” said Meyer.
The event is free to attend and open to the public.