Finding My Father’s Footsteps

a talk by Karen Marshall
Event Date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Finding My Father's Footsteps


The New London Area Historical Society and Franklin Township Historical Commission invite you to join us on March 9th to hear Karen Marshall speak about her father’s experiences with the 4th Infantry Division’s 22nd Infantry Regiment including his landing at Utah Beach on D-Day. These are drawn from his typewritten account of the events, which she discovered after his death. Karen’s personal journey to understand her father’s World War II journal and why he never shared it with his family led her to research his regiment’s path from Camp Gordon Johnston, U.S. Army Amphibious Training Center in 1943 to the foot of Germany’s Bavarian Alps a week before the war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. Her personal journey and this research, as well as the related story of her father’s possession of the first volume of Heinrich Himmler’s personal copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, form the basis of a book she is currently writing.

Karen was the Heritage Preservation Coordinator for Chester County for 15 years before retiring in 2021. She is chair of the Kennett Township Historical Commission and serves on the boards of the Mill at Anselma, Chester County Historic Preservation Network, and Kennett Heritage Center. She holds an MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a concentration in Historic Preservation from the University of Delaware and a BA from Boston University.


March 9, 2023, at 7 PM, at the New London Academy (the Township building)

902 State Rd., New London, PA (1/2 mile east of Rte. 896).

(For a GPS, use 902 State Rd., Lincoln University, PA 19352.)

The talk is free; everyone is welcome.