2019 Spring Speaker Series

2019 St. Louis Regional Library Network Spring Speaker Series

Webster University, Emerson Library
Library Conference Room
Wednesday, April 24
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Join us on Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Emerson Library Conference Room at Webster University for our annual Spring Speaker Series! We are excited to welcome this year’s speaker, Saint Louis University Archivist Emeritus, John Waide!  The topic of his presentation will be:

The 1949 St. Louis Exorcism: Seventy Years Later

John Waide, Saint Louis University Archivist Emeritus

Although millions of people have either read The Exorcist book or seen the movie, relatively few people are aware that the events depicted are based on a series of real-life events. These events occurred in 1949, and some of them took place in St. Louis, including at Saint Louis University. This presentation will provide information about the principal individuals who were part of the exorcism event, a description of some of the “troubles” which befell the young man suffering from the possession, and explore why there is continued interest in this event 70 years after it occurred.


  • Guest Speaker to Follow Business Meeting
  • Welcome and update by Council President Christa Van Herreweghe
  • Council election
  • FY2020 Budget Presentation

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Dinner and drink service (including beer & wine)** will be provided.

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**Please note, the SLRLN Council will provide each attendee with one free drink ticket. For additional drinks there will be a cash bar.

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Registration closes Wednesday, April 17th.  Seating is limited, so register right away!


*Please note that images may be taken at this event and used for the SLRLN website, social media, and other non-commercial publicity purposes. If you would prefer not to be photographed, please let us know.