Thursday April 11, 2013

GUILFORD -- The Guilford Historical Society’s April program on Sunday, at 2 p.m. at the Guilford Fire Department will introduce a new novel, "Sackett: Two Worlds Collide in the Connecticut Valley," by Guilford Middle School history teacher Stuart Strothman.

Based on extensive research into the life and times of the Native Americans and the settlers who lived in this area of the Connecticut River Valley, it paints a vivid picture of a pivotal point in Vermont history. For many readers, being able to recognize ones own "stomping ground" will be an irresistible draw, as is the chance to hear about the solid history behind the story. Copies of the book will be for sale, and there will be refreshments after the talk.

The story traces the life of Elizabeth Sackett, a little girl abducted from her home in Westfield, Mass., by the famous Woronoke Wawanolewat, better known as Greylock. The reader follows Elizabeth and her new family (including her son, feared in this area during the French and Indian War) through decades of war and tumultuous change, including numerous intersections in what later became Guilford -- in fact, the narrative was influenced by the "Official History of Guilford" and frequent conversation with Addie Minott.

Approximately 90 percent of the people and places referenced, including Elizabeth, Greylock and her son Sackett, were real historical personalities. Careful description of natural features and historical research are combined with storytelling in this refreshing new look at the braiding of colonial and native influences on the land. A slideshow complements the talk, with book signing to follow.

For more information, call 802-254-6294.


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