Historical Society Guest Author

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Date(s) - 11/08/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Historical Society of Cheshire County


Howard Mansfield is guest author at the Historical Society of Cheshire County on Monday, November 8th at 6pm. He will read from his new book Chasing Eden (released October 12) and discuss its connection to local history.

Event is free and open to the public via zoom and in-person. To register for the event please visit www.hsccnh.org.  Copies will be available for sale, and the author will be on hand for questions and autographs.

We are offering this event in a hybrid format:

In-person Event: Space is limited to 50 attendees.

Online Zoom Event: Please register to reserve your spot.

Chasing Eden is about the seekers all around us, about Americans seeking their Promised Land, their utopia out on the horizon — which by definition, is ever receding before us. In Chasing Eden we meet a gathering of Americans – the Shakers in the twilight of their utopia; the Wampanoags confronting the Pilgrims; the God-besotted landscape painters who taught Americans that in wilderness was Eden; and 40,000 Africans newly freed from slavery granted 40 acres and a mule – only to be swiftly dispossessed. These and other seekers were on the road to find out, all united by their longing to find in America “a revolution of the spirit.”

Howard Mansfield is the author of nine books about preservation, architecture, and history, most recently Summer Over Autumn (Bauhan 2017). He has contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, Historic Preservation, and Yankee. He and his wife, writer Sy Montgomery, live in a 130-year-old house in Hancock, New Hampshire.



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