01/28/23 6pm Richard N. Van Wickler presents Freedom’s Guardian – Keene Toadstool

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Date(s) - 01/28/2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Toadstool Bookshop


On Saturday, January 28th at 6 pm, Toadstool Bookshop Keene will be hosting Cheshire County’s own Richard N. Van Wickler as he presents his debut book Freedom’s Guardians.

Freedom’s Guardians relays author Richard (Rick) Van Wickler’s lifetime of experience on what it means to be free and the kind of dogged intention it takes to actually secure this liberty. After releasing himself from his blue-collar origins and biases, early addiction, religion, and a propensity for aggression, Rick served his country in the US Army and was a county jail warden and an aggressive behavior management trainer and consultant. All of these experiences taught him a great deal about what it means to be free.

Richard (Rick) Van Wickler managed corrections for 33 years, 27 of them as the superintendent of the Cheshire County Department of Corrections in Keene, NH. He holds a BS in management from Franklin Pierce University and is co-recipient of the President’s Community Partner Award from Antioch University Graduate School. Rick has been a board member of the NH ACLU since 2016, and has participated as committee co-chair of municipal efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion for local government. An avid motorcyclist, boat enthusiast, and cigar aficionado, Rick resides in New Hampshire with his wife, Sarah, and precious miniature pinscher, Jasper.

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