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Chowning to speak on new county history book

“Signatures in Time: A Living History of Middlesex County, Va.,” the soon-to-be-released collection of the true stories of the people and communities of Middlesex County, will be the topic when author Larry Chowning visits the Book Chats group on Tuesday, November 13, at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come to this gathering at the Deltaville Branch of the Middlesex County Library.

Members of the Book Chats group have read a number of books in recent years that tell the stories of the Founding Fathers and Mothers of our nation.   Many of the people, places and events of these stories crop up in the stories of the people of the Middle Peninsula. In a recent discussion of Harlow Unger’s book about James Monroe, for example, the group learned that he established free public education in Virginia.

“In ‘Signatures in Time’ we anticipate learning how access to education shaped the lives of people in Middlesex in the 20th century. We also expect to learn about the patterns of work and worship, celebrations and hardships in our community in the recent past,” said a Book Chats spokesperson.

All are welcome to join the Book Chats for this special talk or for any of the regular chats. The first Tuesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. is the regular meeting time of the group. “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett will be  the subject of the December 4 meeting.

posted 10.31.2012

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