The Fourth Annual Gathering of Heroes 

21 October 2018, 2 p.m.

VFW Post 2324 Indian Trail, NC

We honored our World War II veterans that appear in Shelby and Bryan Boyett's books.

This year we were privileged to have two World War II veterans as our speakers:

Navy Pilot John Moore of the USS SHANGRI-LA - as featured in "Flying Fearlessly" by Shelby


Yeoman Bill Norberg of the USS ENTERPRISE - as featured in "A Yeoman's Tale" by Bryan

and World War II veteran

Guadalcanal Medical Technician C.L. Brasfield as our Chaplain 

- as featured in "Our Heroes Are Not Forgotten 4" by Shelby

     The 4th Annual Gathering of Heroes was held on Sunday, October 21st, at the VFW Hall in Indian Trail. Eleven World War II veterans were in attendance, as were veterans from more recent wars. Welcoming remarks were given by Bryan Boyett, Author and Inspirational Speaker and the invocation was presented by Chaplain C.L. Brasfield, a 95-year-old Army veteran who was on Guadalcanal. The Helms Cabin Boys played a medley of patriotic songs, and then the crowd was entertained by Navy veteran Lt. Commander John Moore, who described his fighter plane crashing into the Pacific Ocean off Japan. Kathleen Shelby Boyett read biographies of the veterans she wrote about during the previous year, who were being honored at the Gathering, and then Bryan introduced Navy veteran Chief Yeoman Bill Norberg, who offered the crowd a fascinating slide show of the Battle of Midway from the vantage point of his position on the USS Enterprise. Chaplain Brasfield closed the Gathering with a benediction and then the veterans made themselves available for photographs and to sign the books in which their stories appear. The 4th Annual Gathering of Heroes was a rare chance to be in the presence of so many of our American veterans from the Second World War – a chance for family and friends and the public to pay honor where honor is due.


Shelby was recently seen in Charleston, South Carolina at Patriots Point, bundled up against an icy wind that blew across the flight deck of the 

USS YORKTOWN. When asked why she was there, Ms. Boyett replied that she was conducting research for her veterans' stories. She feels she has a much better understanding now what it was like to sail on an aircraft carrier during World War II. 


Shelby was signing books at Historic Latta Plantation on May 5th and 6th for a World War II Living History Day. Both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4. The battle was staged at 2 pm. See WWII camp life and weapons demonstrations as well as the other attractions at Latta Plantation, and stop and chat with Shelby about the fascinating stories she has collected.


Shelby sold her books set in the Revolutionary War era at the President James K. Polk State Historic Site (12031 Lancaster Hwy, Pineville, NC 28134) on May 19th. Come join her for an exciting day of exhibits and learning at the site.


Shelby is a member of the board of the North Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame.

       Right now she is writing the biographies of the twenty-two veterans who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in its first induction ceremony on May 19th. The ceremony was held at the Crowne Plaza Executive Park on Westpark Drive in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is Shelby's privilege to honor these men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.


Shelby was a guardian on the Queen City Honor Flight on May 26th.

She is deeply honored to attend a 95-year-old veteran on this trip and looks forward to sharing in his experiences with you in Our Heroes Are Not Forgotten 4.


Shelby was at the annual Civil War Symposium, sponsored by the Civil War Roundtable, and held at the Charlotte Museum of History on April 21st.



The Third Annual Gathering of Heroes 2017

The Third Annual Gathering of Heroes, sponsored by Shelby and Bryan Boyett, and honoring World War II veterans, was held in Charlotte on 22 October. This year a real gala event was planned, with two speakers, heartfelt music, the reading of biographies of the men I had written about this year and a presentation of book to them or to their families, as well as the presentation of certificates from the National Society Daughters of the Revolution, Mecklenburg Chapter, honoring the valor, service and sacrifice of our veterans. This special event is a gift from my husband, Bryan, and myself to the veterans whose stories we have been able to preserve and share with future generations. It is a true joy to see their pleasure in being remembered and the gratitude of the family members who cherish the honoring of their fathers and grandfathers (and one mother!). The veterans who were able to attend this year are pictured below. The main hall of the facility was filled to overflowing with these veterans and their families who joined to honor them. This is what it's all about!


Past Events


Shelby will be at Historic Latta Plantation

Saturday, September 2 & Sunday, September 3, 2017


for a Revolutionary War reenactment.

Featured at her table will be the books: "Backcountry Beginnings," "Secrets of a Backcountry Cemetery,"

"Patriots, Hessians, Refugees & Spies," and "Women of the Revolution."


Shelby will be at

Pirate Day

at the Museum of the Waxhaws

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Come join in the fun!!


Shelby will be at Historic Latta Plantation

Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2, 2017 


for a Civil War Battle Reenactment.

Featured will be Shelby's latest Civil War book,

"Letters of a Reluctant Confederate."


Shelby will be speaking to the Sons of Confederate Veterans

at the James Miller camp on 1 June 2017

at the Stonewall camp on 8 June 2017

Her presentation topic will be:

Manifest Destiny & Espionage in the CSA.


Shelby will be at the Museum of the Waxhaws,

where she is the Author in Residence,

on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10am-3pm

for  the Local Writer's Book Fair.


Shelby will be at Historic Latta Plantation's

World War Two weekend

Saturday, 6 May, 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday, 7 May, 10 am to 4 pm

She will be signing her WW2 and WW1 books

Joining Shelby will be Bryan Boyett, with his WW2 book series: Unsung Heroes.


Shelby will be at

the Charlotte Museum of History for the Civil War Roundtable Symposium

Saturday, April 29 ,2017

where she will be learning more interesting items to put into her future books and selling her books on the back table.




Shelby will be at Historic Latta Plantation

for the Battle of the Bulge

Saturday, 18 February from 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday, 19 February from 1 pm to 4 pm

Signing her World War Two books:

Life and War and Life and War Book 2

Plus her World War One novel:

Destiny on the North Sea

Joining her will be her husband, Bryan Boyett, with his "Unsung Heroes" book series.


Shelby will be at Historic Latta Plantation

Saturday, 28 January 2017

from 10 am to 4 pm

for a Revolutionary War Living History Weekend.

                   Look for her on the porch of the main building.


Shelby will be at the Museum of the Waxhaws on November 19, 2016

to meet Clara Barton and hear about nursing during the Civil War. Shelby

will also hear President Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address.

There will be re-enactors, displays, and much more.

Come out and enjoy a Civil War History Day at the Museum and take a

look at Shelby's Civil War books: Fallen Sons, On Both Sides, Free State

of Jones and Parallels, and Secrets of the Williams Cemetery.



AHOY MATES!      Shelby will be signing


and her new children's book: 

Adventuresome Pirates


Saturday, 27 August 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm 

MUSEUM OF THE WAXHAWS,  8215 Waxhaw Hwy, Waxhaw, NC 28173

There will be many pirates joining us and we will offer sword fight demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, and other exciting pirate activities. Fun happenings take place all day.

 You don't want to miss it!



Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078

Shelby will have a book signing table at these important Revolutionary War events:

Revolutionary War Saturday, 20 August 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm

Battle of the Bees & Revolutionary War Encampment
Saturday, 3 Sept. & Sunday, 4 Sept., from 10 am to 4 pm


Shelby will have a book signing table at the

Bost Grist Mill Civil War Re-enactment and Encampment

Saturday, 10 Sept. & Sunday, 11 Sept. 2016

from 10 am to 4 pm


Come and Learn some Civil War History you have never heard before!

Shelby will be signing & teaching from her Civil War books:

Free State of Jones and Parallels, Fallen Sons, On Both Sides, and Secrets of the Williams Cemetery

 Saturday, 6 August, 2016, from 10 am until 2 pm

 The Museum of the Waxhaws, 8215 Waxhaw Hwy, Waxhaw NC 28173

Shelby was at

Historic Latta Plantation, Huntersville, NC

on June 4 & 5, 2016 for the 

exciting Civil War Battle Re-enactment.

Featured was Shelby's new book

"Free State of Jones and Parallels"


Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans!!!
The party you never received takes place on April 9, 2016 at the Museum of the Waxhaws!
Absolutely Free to Veterans and their families!
 See the USO-style Show, have some Bar-B-Q, and enjoy the "Welcome Home" you deserve!!!
Shelby will be there to welcome you personally as she hosts the welcome desk.


Shelby attended Living History Day at the

Museum of the Waxhaws, 8215 Waxhaw Hwy, Waxhaw NC 28173

Saturday February 20, 2016

Cooking Demonstrations in the Historic Cabin

Booking Signing - Shelby's Revolutionary Era Books

Fun for the whole family!! 


Shelby was featured at a Gathering of local authors

on February 6, 2016,

from 10 am - 3 pm at

the Museum of the Waxhaws ,

8215 Waxhaw Hwy, Waxhaw, NC  28173. Thank you to those who came out for

Author Day.

It was a great event, with 14 local authors

sharing their works. This event will be repeated

next spring. Hope to see you there!


Shelby attended the Commemoration of the Battle of Cowan's Ford on January 30, 2016, at 10 am at Hopewell Presbyterian Church. After the ceremony, Shelby sold her Revolutionary War period books from 12 pm - 4 pm during the Living History Event at  Historic Latta Plantation. Books that were featured were: Secrets of a Backcountry Cemetery, Women of Pioneer Spirit, Women of the Revolution, and More Women of the Revolution.

Thank you to those of you who came Historic Latta Plantation. I sold out of Secrets of a Backcountry Cemetery and Women of the Revolution!!


Shelby  attended this event to remember

Pearl Harbor. Hope to see you next year.


Shelby spoke to the Women's Auxiliary of the

Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634

Saturday August 22, 2015

at Golden Corral Restaurant, Matthews NC








Local Authors Book Signing at Mint Hill Classic Car Cruise-In


Bryan and Shelby Boyett, local authors, will be signing their books at the monthly Mint Hill Classic Car Cruise-In on Friday, August 7th, 2015 from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm. The event will be held in the parking lot of Monroe Hardware, one of the sponsors of this seasonal show.


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