Meet Author Rachelle Chase -  Monday, July 17th at 6:30pm.  

History buffs are sure to be intrigued by this fascinating book talk with author Rachelle Chase who will share stories from her new book.  Lost Buxton, an unincorporated coal mining town,  was established by the Consolidation Coal Company in 1900.

At a time when Jim Crow laws and segregation kept blacks and whites separated throughout the nation,  Buxton, Iowa was integrated. African American and Caucasian residents lived, worked, and went to school side by side. . For ten years, African Americans made up more than half of the population. Unfortunately, in the early 1920s, the mines closed, and today, only a cemetery, a few  foundations, and some crumbling ruins remain.

Rachelle Chase is a senior business analyst for Fortune 500 companies and a published romance author with an interest in African American history. She   currently lives in Iowa.


Meet the Soul Librarian, Karen Quance Jeske - Monday, July 31st at 6:30pm.  Can the books you read help you make more sense of your own life? Find out at a free program by Karen Quance Jeske on Monday, July 31 at 6:30 PM at Artisan Gallery 218 in West Des Moines’ historic Valley Junction.

Jeske will discuss, The Soul Reading Journal, a tool she created to mine books for their spiritual insights.
She will share how readers can use the journal to build more meaning into their lives by changing the way they read. According to Jeske, “stories are one of the best tools to help us tap into our reserves of inner wisdom.”

Jeske is a spiritual seeker and former professor with a PhD in sociology. She has completed a Prairie Fire spiritual formation program and has attended programs in Cont...emplative Leadership and Contemplative Dialogue. Jeske leads workshops and retreats and is the co-creator of a new adult faith formation curriculum at her
Meet Karen Weir-Kimerson,  author of 'Slow Lane' -  Essays on the Wisdom and Wonder of Living in the Country. - Monday Aug 28th at 6:30pm.   Karen Weir-Jimerson is a magazine writer and book author who has been gardening since she was 8 years old (when she planted mint and learned the lesson of invasive plants). Karen lives in Florida and Iowa where she and her husband, Doug, raise perennials, annuals, containers, herbs, and vegetables.  She writes for gardening and lifestyle magazines including Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens, Country Home, Family Circle, Nature’s Garden, and many others.

Karen has written two books of essays about country life. Much of the content was originally published in her columns for Country Home and Country Gardens magazines.  Beaverdale Books will have copies of her books available for sale and signing. 


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