Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Did you know..."

Our very own Tony Diaz, in the Annex Department, a document from the 1700's, as well as Register of Deeds, Donald E. Ashe are featured in a book published in 2008...
Gretchen Holbrook-Gerzina, author and editor of several books, was originally from Michiganand moved to Springfield, Massachusetts at age five with her family.

Her latest book, Mr. and Mrs. Prince, depicts a New England African American family and their challenges prior to the Civil War. During the research for the book, Ms. Gerzina’s husband, Anthony, researched documents dating back to the 1700’s where he met Tony, in our Annex Department. The experience of discovering a manumission document relative to one of the characters, as well as its photocopy are featured in pages 45 and 46 of Mr. and Mrs. Prince, courtesy of Register Donald E. Ashe.Gerzina obtained her B.A. from Marlboro College, her M.A. from Simmons College, as well as her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Gerzina is currently a Biography Professor at Dartmouth College, where she is the first woman ever to chair the English Department and the first African American woman to chair an Ivy League English Department.For more information, please visit http://www.gretchengerzina.com/

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