“Escape from Bunker Hill,” by Dale Potter-Clark Submitted photo

A book talk by historian and author Dale Potter-Clark for her book, “Escape from Bunker Hill,” will feature the topic of the Underground Railroad at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, in the 2nd floor conference room at the Mechanic Falls Public Library.

Historian and author Dale Potter-Clark Submitted photo

Potter-Clark’s interest in the Underground Railroad spiked several years ago when she discovered a couple named Mitchell had once lived in a house that she was researching. They had moved to Readfield from Jacksonville, Florida, in 1861 and Potter-Clark immediately knew that was unusual. She had researched more than one-hundred old houses and early families in Readfield and had never found where anyone else had moved there from Florida during the 18th or early to mid 19th centuries. It seemed, she thought, especially peculiar they would have done so during the havoc of the Civil War. Potter-Clark suspected the Mitchells had been involved in the Underground Railroad and began to dig deeper to see what she could piece together.

One thing led to another and before she knew it a story had evolved in her head that she couldn’t shake. She combined what she had learned with her imagination and the historical novel took shape. Much of the story takes place in Portland and Central Maine and includes actual people, places and happenings.

Copies of “Escape from Bunker Hill” will be available for purchase and signed upon request.

The Mechanic Falls Public Library is located at 108 Lewiston St., Mechanic Falls. For more information contact Nancy Petersons at the Mechanic Falls Public Library at 207-345-9450.

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