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March Meeting

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Tapping on Glass: The Emotional Side of Genealogy
Presented by Monica Vest Wheeler

Is your group ready to learn deeper ways to connect emotionally with family members and perhaps, even heal some old wounds in the process?  Are you ready to (finally) understand the reason why certain decisions were made “back then,” when life was much different from today? Have you ever questioned the whos, whats, whens, wheres and whys of family history and addressed the feelings around these?

Not any longer after your group engages with Monica  Vest Wheeler in this presentation, “Tapping on Glass: The Emotional Side of Genealogy.”

In this interactive and engaging presentation, Monica will share with you that “yes, we can ask our paternals and maternals all these emotionally charged questions” … which is kind of like tapping on glass while trying not to break it.

Help fill in the hidden emotional gaps on your family tree by developing these conversation points that are often overlooked due to the potential negative and emotional outcomes.

Monica will teach her signature method to connect emotionally with a variety of family members, which will encourage the healing of old wounds… perhaps help someone to understand at long last how AND why to “forgive and forget” … and (finally) reach an understanding of the reasons as to why some life altering decisions were made in the first place.

About Monica

After endless hours engaging with hundreds of patients, survivors, families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, Monica Vest Wheeler has captured the heart of coping with the emotional and everyday challenges of brain-related injuries, illnesses and diseases through books and speaking …

Since 2008, this one-time newspaper reporter and editor now shares those lessons as she has traveled as a volunteer and photographer at more than 160 stroke and brain injury camps across the United States.

As an avid historian, she has created nearly a dozen regional and institutional history books in the Peoria, Illinois, area. She knows how to dig deep into facts AND feelings.

Through speaking, writing and her photography, Monica delves into the raw emotions of these engagements, as she encourages people to acknowledge and communicate the essence of what makes us human … and grasp how life is too precious to be wasted in anger, grief, sadness and blame.

Business meeting follows.


March 8
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Ehrlicher Research Center
719 N 11th Street
Pekin, IL 61554 United States
(309) 477-3044


309 477-3044