Bethel Historical Society hosts book signing

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BETHEL — More than 40 people attended a book signing and discussion featuring the recently published “Write Quick: War and a Woman’s Life in Letters, 1835-1867,” on May 22, at the Bethel Historical Society.

Co-editors Ann Fox Chandonnet and Roberta Gibson Pevear, whose ancestors lived in Bethel, discussed how the book came to be with the fortunate rescue of valuable historical materials that made it possible and all the challenges involved in interpreting the documents and researching the people and topics referenced. In more than 150 letters dispatched from camp, field and home, as well as Eliza Bean’s diary, the realities of war play out on an intimate stage.

The book is illustrated with over 50 original documents and photographs and traces Bean’s life from New England mill girl, to young married woman and mother, to war widow and victim of consumption.

The event was the first in the 2010 Lecture Series, “Vignettes of Maine History,” sponsored by the society and made possible in part by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council.

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For more information about the historical society, call 824-2908, 1-800-824-2910 or e-mail info@bethelhistorical.org.

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