Monday, March 16, 2009

Book Signing

"Postcards from William, 1803 - 1806"  is a delightful children's book by long-time Louisville educator Betty Southard Stokes. Mrs. Stokes presents a new take on the Lewis & Clark Expedition and its connection to our George Rogers Clark.
Jim Holmberg of Filson Historical Society recommends 'Postcards from William' - check out pg 2:

"Postcards from George, 1763 - 1781"  George Rogers Clark writes home to his family in Virginia from the Kentucky frontier. He added five states to the newly formed United States of America. 

"Postcards from Daniel, 1755 - 1784"    Daniel Boone Teaches History

Famous frontiersman Daniel Boone wouldn’t have intended his postcards home from the wilderness to teach young and old about American history and life in pioneer Kentucky, but they do – that is if he had written them. Boone didn’t, but retired educator Betty Stokes has written them for him. With Postcards from Daniel, 1755-1784: Daniel Boone writes from the Kentucky Wilderness, Betty has written yet another history lesson with a Kentucky focus for young readers (and adult too!). Writing as if Daniel himself were sending postcards to family, the reader learns about Boone’s life, wilderness adventures, relationships with area American Indians, and settling pioneer Kentucky. Combined with Emry Quinn’s colorful illustrations depicting scenes from Boone’s life, Postcards from Daniel is a wonderful way to teach history in an engaging and easy manner. Not to be forgotten are Betty’s two earlier postcard books; Postcards from George and Postcards from William chronicle the adventures of the famous Clark brothers in frontier Kentucky (George) and on the Lewis and Clark Expedition (William). They too are educational and engaging and an excellent way to make learning history easy and enjoyable. All four titles should be on young Kentuckians’ book shelves.          Jim Holmberg, Filson Historical Society. 

"Postcards from Abe, (1842 - 1865)" is now available. Abe writes to Lucy Speed at Farmington Plantation in Louisville, Kentucky. He writes of his struggles as a child, husband, father, and President of the United States during our Civil War. Special thanks to Dr. Thomas Mackey, Lincoln Scholar and University of Louisville history professor.