BLUE HILL, Maine – The Blue Hill Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of a newly published book by library benefactor Adelaide Pearson (1875-1960) at 7 p.m. Thursday July 7, at the library. Two in Tuscany with a Donkey, edited by Andrew Phelan, tells the story of Pearson’s trip in Italy in 1912. The book is a reproduction of Pearson’s actual manuscript, written around 1913, complete with original photos. Andrew Phelan, who found the manuscript while doing research for his acclaimed book, Following the Brick Path, The Story of Rowantrees Pottery, will discuss the book and share stories of Adelaide’s trip, as well as her life.
According to Phelan, Pearson was an ‚Äúauthor, world traveler, photographer, cinematographer, social activist and cultural entrepreneur, ‚Ä¶during her long and productive life. Born to a wealthy family in the Boston area she traveled widely beginning at an early age, always writing about, photographing and making movies of her travels and adventures.‚ÄĚ She was instrumental in getting the Blue Hill Public Library, then the Ladies‚Äô Social Library, built, petitioning the federal government for funds through the Public Works Administration in the 1930‚Äôs. The library opened its doors in 1940.
This event is sponsored by the Blue Hill Public Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. Books will be available for sale and signing. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
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