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Cornwall Reads Cornwall: History Edition

CORNWALL — For those who may not be totally inclined toward football, Thanksgiving weekend brings the welcome tradition of Cornwall Reads Cornwall, a chance to see and hear noteworthy local personalities interpret the writings of noteworthy local writers.  This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 27, beginning at 4 p.m., on Zoom.

This year’s theme is Cornwall History. The readings will be tied together by emcee Ted Schillinger, film producer and director, who volunteered for the role last year and did so well that he was invited again this year.

The now-traditional event began in November 2019 as an in-person gathering. The ensuing pandemic has moved the event to Zoom, where it is reaching an expanding audience, Library Publicity Director Sari Goodfriend noted.

This year’s line-up of readers and their chosen selections is designed to entertain and inform attendees eager to know more about Cornwall and its history through writings penned by past residents. Past perspectives speak to today’s Cornwallians.

Included will be Lisa Lansing Simont reading from Katie Walker’s description of her family’s early years in 1920s Cornwall. Walker went on to create the painting of the state seal mounted on the door of the Town Hall vault.

Noted Cornwall author Roxana Robinson will read from essays written by her grandfather, Samuel Scoville, and others from the memorial edition of the Centenary of the Second Congregational Church in town.

Susan Klaw will read a letter by her father, Spencer, founder of the Cornwall Chronicle.

Peter Canby will read a 1922 letter detailing the founding of Yelping Hill. A subsequent early history of Yelpng Hill, written by Caroline Kunkel, will be read by Linda MacCracken.

Dr. Ivan Miller plans to read a piece written by his father, John Miller, about Art Brean former operator of the local transfer station. His presentation promises an additional feature. John Miller, a respected journalist and a beloved Cornwall resident for many years, died in 2021.

And there will be more heartwarming surprises. While the event is free, donations to benefit The Cornwall Library and its programs are always welcome. To register for the Zoom event, go to: https://cornwalllibrary.org/events/.

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