First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St., will present its book review at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the church’s fellowship hall.
Shelia Moore Mitchell, a retired teacher of the Pine Bluff area will review, “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh,” written by Carl Zimmer.
The wife of George Mitchell, she is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School and Mississippi College for Women, according to a news release.
Mitchell pursued graduate studies at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and the University of Madrid, Spain. She taught in Gulfport and Jackson, Miss., before returning to Pine Bluff where she taught Spanish, Western Civilization and history.
She was an adjunct teacher of Spanish at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas College. After retiring in 2000, she taught for the next 10 years in three area schools where there was a special need, according to the news release.
At Lakeside United Methodist Church, Mitchell teaches English to members of the Hispanic community.
“Shelia has been working on her own family history since 1972,” according to the release. “Her husband, George Mitchell, shares her genealogy interest and is president of the Arkansas Genealogical Society. Recently, they made a trip to France to celebrate Armistice Day Centennial and to England to find where their families originated.”
Shelia Mitchell is program chairwoman of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society and a member of the Heritage Seekers, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of 1812, Order of Royal Decent, Dames and Barons of the Magna Charta, the Arkansas Pioneers and the New Jersey Pioneers. She is also a member of the Arkansas Calligraphy Guild and taught classes at the Shepherd Center of Pine Bluff.
The book to be reviewed, “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh,” is a non-fiction work by Zimmer, an award winning science writer, according to the release.
“The questions you’ve had about DNA, genes, inheritance, and the moral and ethical questions surrounding them are addressed in this beautifully written and researched book,” according to the release. “It captivates the reader’s interest from beginning to end and everyone attempting to keep up with discoveries of genes and the study of genealogy should read or hear the book which includes Shelia’s ancestor, Emma Woolverton from the New Jersey area.”
Door prizes and refreshments will be furnished after the review. The public is invited to attend.