MOUNT VERNON — Retired teacher Susan Kahrl will offer an illustrated presentation on her trip to Cambodia and Vietnam at the next Brown Bag Chat, Wednesday, Jan. 16, at noon at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. Her presentation will give visitors to the program an intriguing glimpse into the history, culture and people of Southeast Asia, where more than 58,000 Americans perished in military action between 1955 and 1975.
Kahrl taught social studies at Mount Vernon Middle School for 36 years. In her retirement she has pursued her passion for international travel, visiting many of the countries she had taught her students about over the years. Her travels have taken her to South America, Egypt, Israel, South Africa, Russia, India and Thailand, as well as numerous European countries.
In 2018, Kahrl fulfilled a long-time dream with her trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. She will share her insights into these two countries, along with her pictures, artifacts and reflections on the painful history of the area, including the war that defined a generation and its lingering influence.
Brown Bag Chats are presented at the main branch of the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon, Wednesdays at noon. The sessions are free and open to all. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch, if they wish, and light refreshments are also served. The sessions are held in the library’s large basement multipurpose room.