Wanda Easter Burch [MA, SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown Graduate Program] is a long term breast cancer survivor and an historian and writer. Published works include: The Home Voices Speak Louder than the Drums: Dreams and the Imagination in Civil War Letters and Memoirs (McFarland Publishers, fall 2016 https://www.amazon.com/Home-Voices-Speak-Louder-Drums/dp/1476665583); She Who Dreams. A Journey into Healing through Dreamwork (New World Library, 2003) https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1577314263/qid=1090593280... and Dreaming of Home, a booklet showcasing the dreams of soldiers in the American Civil War, which accompanies a music CD by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers.
The Home Voices Speak Louder than the Drums (https://www.amazon.com/Home-Voices-Speak-Louder-Drums/dp/1476665583) provides "...fresh perspective on the human side of the Civil War, this book explores the dreams and imaginings of those who fought it, as recorded in their letters, journals and memoirs. Sometimes published as poems or songs or printed in newspapers, these rarely acknowledged writings reflect the personalities and experiences of their authors. Some expressions of fear, pain, loss, homesickness and disappointment are related with grim fatalism, some with glimpses of humor." Confederate Private Henry Graves wrote from the trenches outside Petersburg, Virginia: "Soldier mortals would not survive if they were not blessed with the gift of imagination and the pictures of hope,...The second angel of mercy is the night dream."
Wanda is a contributor to numerous journals in both history and self-help and is the retired site manager of an 18th century house museum, Johnson Hall. She is a presenter/member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s LEAD science-based institute and listed on the national Speaker’s Bureau for NBCC. She is an advocate research grant proposal reviewer for the Breast Cancer Research Program sponsored by the Department of Defense; and is a staff member for Creative Healing Connections’ Adirondack arts retreats for women surviving chronic illness and for women who have served in the military. Wanda Burch and John Kenosian offer a program: The Home Voices: Healing the Spirit through Dreams and Music. This program offers stories and original songs that provide a glimpse into the lives of those who have claimed recognition for their courage through dreams and music, both easily accessible gifts of the imagination that can help those suffering from illness, trauma, pain, and everyday anxiety find a place where souls and hearts can mend. Wanda currently lives in upstate New York.