News and Events

Angels of the Underground on YouTube’s WW2TV: On December 7, 2022, I talked with channel creator and host Paul Woodadge about the American women in the Philippines who resisted the Japanese. Lots of great questions and comments from very incisive viewers. And, of course, from the U.S. perspective, the program aired appropriately on Pearl Harbor Day.

Central Wisconsin Book Festival, September 21-25, 2022: I had two events scheduled On Saturday, September 24 at 1:00, I led a workshop on Researching and Writing Narrative Nonfiction. On Sunday, September 25 at high noon, I talked about my latest book, Queen of the West: The Life and Times of Dale Evans.

Dr. Mary Walker in the News: Efforts are underway to rename nine U.S. army bases in the South that are currently named for Confederate traitors. Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia may soon be called Fort Walker. The details are found in The New York Times article of July 4, 2022 by Chris Cameron, “Army Bases that Honor Confederate Traitors Could Soon be Renamed for These Heroes.”

Interviews About Queen of the West: The Life and Times of Dale Evans: It’s been my good fortune to talk to book-loving people about my new biography of Dale Evans. You can see me on YouTube’s Storey Time with Stephanie Storey and hear me on Stacey Horan’s The Bookshop at the End of the Internet,  The Cowboy Up Podcast, Unsung History, and What’s Her Name. I was also interviewed by Suzanne Lang for an episode of her KRCB radio show, A Novel Idea, for the episode A Novel Idea Goes Way Out West and by Vick Mickunas for his WYSO radio show, Book Nook.

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 11:00 a.m. (CDT), The Virtual Speakers Series at the Buffalo Naval Park and Talking Leaves Books hosts an illustrated discussion of Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War. Please join me!

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Saturday, September 19, 2020, 10:00 a.m. (CDT), the Virtual Book Club of the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center presents a discussion of Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War. Join us!

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Thursday, August 27, 2020, 6:00 p.m. (CDT), Historian Thursdays lecture series, a free virtual event hosted by the Civil War Round Table Congress. Join me for an illustrated presentation and follow-up Q&A about Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020, 5:30 (CDT), Book Talk, a free virtual event sponsored by the American Civil War Museum. I will be in conversation with Kimberly Hamlin about women’s suffrage and the Civil War.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. (CDT), a free virtual event with the Driftless Historium and Mount Horeb Area Historical Society

Dr. Mary Walker: Surgeon and Suffragist

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Book Launch: June 1, 2020

Join me in the Nonfiction Fans group on Facebook starting June 1 for a Q & A in which Pamela Toler asks me about Dr. Mary Walker and the process of writing the biography of a not-so-famous woman.

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My latest book, Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War, is now available for preorder. It will be published in June 2020. Many thanks to Karen Abbott for this very generous endorsement.

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A huge thank you to all of the very enthusiastic people who turned out for this event:

Monday, March 25, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Waupaca Area Public Library, 107 S. Main Street, Waupaca, WI

Dale Evans: Queen of the West

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Theresa Kaminski, Ph.D., professor emerita of history from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Dale Evans (1912-2001) was one of the most beloved stars of the mid-20th century. She co-starred with Roy Rogers, her future husband, in a series of “singing cowboy” movies during the 1940s. They made the move to television in the early 1950s, creating The Roy Rogers Show, one of the most popular programs of the decade. Dale, an accomplished vocalist and songwriter, penned the show’s theme, “Happy Trails.” But exactly how happy were those trails? What did fame cost Dale Evans? This program, complete with music and movie and t.v. clips, provides a behind-the-scenes look at Dale’s private life and professional career.

Reported on August 15, 2018, in Publishers Marketplace:

History Professor and author of ANGELS OF THE UNDERGROUND: The American Women who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in WWII Theresa Kaminski Ph.D’s QUEEN OF THE WEST: DALE EVANS, MUSIC, MOVIES, TELEVISION, AND THE CREATION OF MODERN CELEBRITY, the first full-length biography of this mid-twentieth century multi-faceted star Dale Evans, following her career from small-town girl and radio singer to movie stardom with her life and screen partner Roy Rogers, to Rick Rinehart at Lyons Press, in a nice deal, for publication in 2020, by Jacqueline Flynn at Joelle Delbourgo Associates (world English). Film & TV, Audio, Translation

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On Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. I spoke at the Driftless Historium, 100 S. 2nd Street, in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin to kick off its series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice.

From Home Front to Western Front: Women in WWI 

What did the First World War mean to American women? How did they respond as loyal citizens at a time when they didn’t even have the right to vote? Find out about the women who shored up home front support and the ones who braved German u-boats to cross the Atlantic to work in England and France as journalists, nurses, telephone operators, and entertainers.


For additional information, click here.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kerrytown BookFest, Ann Arbor, MI

At 11:00 a.m. I’ll be in the Main Tent with Laurel Huber Davis, Greer Macallister, and Pamela Toler talking about “Women in History” in fiction and nonfiction. Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende will moderate.

Here’s more information about BookFest.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Library at 5:00 p.m.

Mark the end of Women’s History Month with my talk about the value of the month-long celebration in highlighting the lives of little-known, ordinary women. I’ll discuss the women of Angels of the Underground. There will be a book giveaway!

Thanks to the 90 people who ventured out on a foggy, rainy Monday night to hear about Angels of the Underground.

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Waupaca Public Library, 107 South Main Street, Waupaca, WI

The Winchester Academy is hosting my presentation on “Angels of the Underground.” Get there early for coffee and cookies at 6:00 p.m. Pick up a free bookmark and stick around for a chance to win a copy of my book.

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If you missed the C-SPAN3 broadcast on Sunday, you can watch my talk at your leisure here:

Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET and 11:00 p.m. ET, C-SPAN3’s American History TV

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will air the talk I gave on July 23 about Angels of the Underground at the World War II symposium at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia.

A big thanks to everyone who came out to listen to my conversation with Doug Moe, to the audience members who asked all of the great questions, and to Joanne for providing the time and the space.

June 16 at 7:00 p.m. Mystery to Me, 1863 Monroe Street,  Madison, WI.


Journalist Doug Moe will interview me about

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Please come and join the conversation. This will be a special week for Mystery to Me, which will be celebrating its third anniversary.

You can read more about the June 16 event here.

Thanks to everyone who came out for this, my first event for Angels of the Underground. On Monday, March 21, I’m speaking at 6:00 on the campus of Northern Michigan University in beautiful Marquette, Michigan. In celebration of Women’s History Month, I will talk about the daring women who appear in Angels of the Underground, including the glamorous Manila nightclub singer, Claire Phillips.


The Midwest Independent Booksellers Association listed

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as one of its January 2016 Midwest Connections Picks .