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Pember Presents

Posted by Ardyce on 21st May 2014

June 8, 2014
2:00 pm

Pember Presents: “Rescued from Slavery: The Story of Solomon Northup,” on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2 PM at the Pember Library in Granville. The one hour program by David Fiske will include a lecture and slide presentation about Solomon Northup, a free black man who lived in New York State. In 1841 he was lured away from home and sold as a slave. For nearly twelve years, he was a slave in Louisiana. Finally he was able to get a message to friends in New York, and returned home as a free man. After writing a book about his experiences, he traveled around the Northeast giving speeches, and even helped fugitive slaves get to Canada thanks to his work on the Underground Railroad. Mr. Fiske is co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.

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Holly Jolly Holiday

Posted by Ardyce on 20th November 2012

December 6, 2012
6:00 pm

December 6, 6:00 PM
Join Linda at the Pember Library for a childrens’ holiday craft followed by Tales ‘n Tunes performing “Holly Jolly Holiday,” a  festive combination of music and storytelling  excitement that will spark kids’ imaginations and get everybody in a holiday mood.
Do you hear sleigh bells jingling?
Come and sing along!

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CANCELED: Pember Presents: David Pitkin

Posted by Ardyce on 24th July 2012

UPDATE: I’m sorry to report that Mr Pitkin won’t be able appear at the Pember. I’ll let you know if he’s able to reschedule.

Join us at the Pember Library Wednesday, August 1, at 6:00 PM as David J. Pitkin discusses New York State legends, folklore and ghost stories. Pitkin tells us he has recently collected a super strange story from Middle Granville, that will be featured in his next (2014) book of NYS Ghosts.

Retired teacher and author David J. Pitkin has sought solutions to mysteries throughout his life. In the 1960s he became fascinated with the workings of the unconscious mind and on the growing evidence for ghosts and hauntings: consciousness surviving body death. Since hearing a ghost (later identified as a suicide from 1940) walking in a haunted barn in 1968, and visiting the “Riley House” in Saratoga Springs, NY, in 1978, he has experienced a number of paranormal phenomena. Over the years, he has collected over 800 folktales of hauntings and apparitions, in the Caribbean, Canada, the U.S., and is now interviewing and investigating haunted houses around the world. Many of these early experiences are detailed in his haunted house books, Ghosts of the Northeast, and his recent works: Haunted Saratoga County, New York State Ghosts, Vol.1 and NY State Ghosts, Vol. 2.

Pitkin’s 2002 book “Ghosts of the Northeast”

Conducting ghost research for forty years at many reputedly haunted sites in New York State, New England, and Canada, he has become a philosopher lecturing on death, near-death experiences and survival of death. A resident of Chestertown, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains, Pitkin lectures widely on parapsychology and metaphysical themes, including ghost stories from his books on haunted houses. His goal is to enlighten others, but not frighten them.

Following eight years of travel and research, Pitkin published New England Ghostsin 2010. This is a collection of over 135 New England tales gathered in the six states of that area.  He is currently working on a third volume of NY State stories, a single volume of stories from Warren County, NY, where he lives (scheduled for publication in autumn of 2012).

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Swaziland slide show & talk

Posted by Ardyce on 22nd October 2011

October 26, 2011
6:00 pm

On Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00 PM, the Pember Library at 33 West Main St. in Granville is hosting a presentation by Marjorie and Greg Scieszka. The couple will reflect on the experiences they had as Peace Corps Response Volunteers in Swaziland during 2010-11. Both were assigned to work in the Ministry of Education in Mbabane, Swaziland, and their Peace Corps assignments involved working to implement free primary education in Swaziland as well as traveling to schools around the country, helping to set up school libraries. They also worked on several projects with UNICEF and UNESCO. While there, they attended a royal wedding and visited several big game parks.

Marjorie and Greg live in Manchester Center, VT. They served as Peace Corps Volunteers 40 years ago in Lesotho, South Africa, and in January were able to return to that country to visit the Basotho people with whom they have stayed in touch over all these years. They will talk about their many experiences, show photos they took during the year, and exhibit artifacts from Swaziland.

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Pember Presents: lecture ~ Union Civil War ironclad USS Monitor

Posted by Ardyce on 21st October 2011

October 23, 2011
2:00 pm

As part of the region’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, on Sunday, October 23, at 2 PM, the Pember Library will be presenting a program on the revolutionary Union Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. The Monitor fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia on March 9, 1862, in the world’s first battle between armored warships. Steve Muller, an expert on the Monitor from Troy, N.Y., will give an illustrated lecture on the Monitor, covering the design and construction challenges in building the warship, its actual performance, and its influence on the design of other ironclads during the Civil War. Mr. Muller will also be selling his book, “Troy, New York, and the Building of the USS Monitor” afterward.

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