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'Breathing new life' into history


Local author speaks at library event



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Author Leila Philip read from her book, “A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family,” at the Jacob Edwards Library Thursday, Feb. 24. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
February 27, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Author Leila Philip read from her book, "A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars and One Family," at the Jacob Edwards Library on Thursday, Feb. 25.

The library had more than 50 people attend the show and get copies of the book signed afterwards.

The book centers around her family farm, Talavera. Philip, a resident of Woodstock, Conn., traces her ancestry back 15 generations to when her Dutch family, the Van Ness's, first bought 296 acres to begin the farm in New York's Hudson Valley.

"Leila Philip is truly an amazing author," said Library Director Margaret Morrissey, also a friend of Philip's. "Her presentation this evening breathed new life into the book. I've reread the book several times because I love her sense of place and her sense of community. Her reading here tonight has even further proved her commitment to this community. This also allows her to give back and share her skills and knowledge."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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