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Tom Fontaine, author of the new children's book, "he Messenger Boy of Grafton, Vermont," at the tombstone of Henry C. Spring in the Village Cemetery, Grafton.

GRAFTON >> A rare look at the Civil War families in Grafton will be the focus of a special presentation by Thomas E. Fontaine Thursday, Aug 4 at 5 p.m. at the Brick Meeting House on upper Main St. in Grafton.

Speaking from the very location during the Civil War where some of the meetings and discussions took place, Grafton's Brick Meeting House, Fontaine will discuss some of the revealing facts about the town and its residents at this Grafton Historical Society sponsored meeting.

During his research for a coming children's historical novel, Fontaine found many interesting facts about the lives of families in Grafton during the Civil War period. Who were they and how did they participate in the war will be part of the focus of his presentation Aug 4. and in his coming book.

The public, especially area families with children, are invited to attend the presentation, which will immediately follow a short annual meeting of the Grafton Historical Society.

Fontaine first became interested in Grafton and its Civil War soldiers when he taught at Grafton Elementary School in the late 1980s. During that time he wrote a children's novel for his students about a real person, Henry C.Spring, a 14 year old boy who joined the Union Army to become a messenger boy. The Grafton Historical Society is in the process of publishing this book, titled "The Messenger Boy of Grafton."


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Fontaine is currently a science and math teacher at Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster, Vermont, and has been working with the GHS to update and produce the book for children at the 6th grade reading level and above. The society has contributed many of its historical photos to help convey the life in Grafton. The book is expected to be available for sale to the public in September. Elementary school teachers can obtain a preview of the book's content in August by contacting the Grafton Historical Society,

For more information about the meeting and presentation contact the Grafton Historical Society at grafhist@vermontel.net or 802 843 2584