Fall (2019) Speaking Engagements

Sabina will be speaking at two of the Jefferson Educational Society’s satellite locations this fall. On September 11 she will present “Passage to Liverpool” at the Sturgeon House in Fairview. On September 19 she will be at the Corry Higher Education Council to speak on the topic “From Griswold Field to the Erie International Airport.” Both programs will begin at 7 p.m. and both are free to attend....

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A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE NEXT BOOK.

Ms. Freeman has been working on a biography of Dan Rice, premier circus showman of the 1800s.  Below is a segment of Chapter One.   CHAPTER ONE – To 1840 Psst.  Danny.  You comin’ out tonight?  Danny!  At 13, Dan’s life was a fine romp.  A strong farm boy, he enjoyed all the free-spirited pleasures a rural life could offer.   Encroaching on this idyllic scene was the city of Manhattan, with many delicious mysteries...

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Thomas Forster
Mar13

Thomas Forster

Settling the Erie Frontier Thomas Forster was 34 in 1796 when he first came to Erie County, Pennsylvania to inspect the Walnut Creek holdings of the land company, Harrisburg and Presque Isle. Four years later he left a political career and a comfortable home near Harrisburg to help manage those holdings, although he settled nearby in Erie. For the remainder of his life he worked for the betterment of his adopted home. * First...

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Passage to Liverpool
Mar13

Passage to Liverpool

James Blaine Miller and the RMS Lusitania Passage to Liverpool is about the sinking of the Lusitania, one of the great (or worst) tragedies of the sea. As a result of its loss, the U.S. was dragged into war, although there would be a national election for president before that happened. While Woodrow Wilson, who was seeking a second term, tried to keep the U.S. out of war and campaigned on that slogan, it was not possible to remain...

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The Battles Story
Mar13

The Battles Story

The Life and Times of the Battles Family of Girard, Pennsylvania The Battles Family was one of the leading families in Girard, Pennsylvania (Erie County) from the time of the arrival of Asa in late 1823 until the death of the last Battles in the area, Elizabeth, in 1952. Her good friend Georgianna Read kept the Battles legacy alive until her own death in 1982. Since that time the Erie County Historical Society has taken on the task of...

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