WVC Foundation partners with museum for local author event May 25

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April 18, 2023

Media Contacts:
Peggy Ludwick, featured author, 509-952-2007 (text before calling)
Jessica Adams, museum director of development and communications, 509-888-6254
Rachel Evey, WVC foundation executive director, 509-682-6415

In recognition of Memorial Day, Wenatchee Valley College Foundation and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center are hosting an event at the museum with local author Peggy Ludwick on Thursday, May 25 from 7-9 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Through her father’s wartime photos, letters home, interviews, and military artifacts, Peggy Ludwick will share a unique perspective of World War II and how uncovering her father’s story changed her own. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session hosted by publisher emeritus of The Wenatchee World Rufus Woods and feature local retired surgeon and colleague of Dr. Arthur Ludwick, Dr. Jerry Gibbons.

About the book

“A Doctor’s War” tells the story of Dr. Arthur L. Ludwick Jr., a physician during World War II. As a medical officer and regimental combat surgeon on the frontlines of WWII, Lt. Col./Maj. Ludwick was engaged in some of North Africa and Italy’s bloodiest battles. Ludwick’s book is a historical narrative of WWII and a daughter’s discovery of the courageous and idealistic young man she never knew, before he became her father.

Dr. Arthur L. Ludwick Jr. served with distinction on the frontlines of WWII and earned the Purple Heart in Tunisia and the Silver Star for “gallantry-in-action” in Italy. “Lud” was a beloved family practice physician in Wenatchee for over 50 years, taking care of generations of families.

About the author

Peggy Ludwick’s professional background is in microbiology and public health. Discovering her father’s 265 wartime letters home was a revelation and a gift she felt compelled to share. In 2015, she returned to live in her hometown, Wenatchee, where she continues to pursue a variety of writing projects in between visits to her children and grandchildren.

For more information about the event, visit wenatcheevalleymuseum.org.


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