Friday, November 28, 2008

Barbara Bell's New Book

Preston Woods Publishing Co, will release Schuyler County Days Bygone by Barbara H. Bell on December 19, 2008. Barbara H. Bell is Schuyler County's longest-serving his­torian. In her fifth book on local history, Bell has combined storks and historical photos from her archives, which detail the history of the people, settlements, and local legends of the county.

"No one else has ever come close to her persistent investigating, study­ing, recording, and reporting the history of this corner ol the world," says Frank Steber. former president of the Schuyler County Historical Society and a local anchor. "For over five decades she has succeeded in gather­ing news and facts about the people, the places, and the events that have made Schuyler County what it is today."

The legend of the Seneca Lake monster, horse rustling, pioneer riving, salt mining, gold mining, wine making, and the origins of many of the settlements in Schuyler County are a sampling of the topics that appear in Schuyler County Days Bygone.

"Barbara's latest book is a great read for those interested m the region's fascinating history or just want to know more about the area in which they live - highly recommended!" says Andrew E. Tompkins, director of the Schuyler County Historical Society museum.

A book signing will be held on Friday, December 1 9, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Storylines Bookstore & Cafe, 211 N. Franklin Sr., in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Schuyler County Days Bygone (ISBN 978-0-9725571-3-9, is a trade paperback, 338 pp, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, $23.95.

In 1954, Barbara H. Bell started writing historical articles for local newspapers and has spend the last 54 years researching and reporting on local history. In addition to her hundreds of articles published in local and regional newspapers, she has published four previ­ous hooks on local history. In 1995, she was named outstanding historian of New York state by the Historians' Association of New York. Mrs. Bell lives in Irelandville, New York.

Barbara Bell is a featured author on the Crooked Lake review website. The CLR reprinted her book Letters to Suzanna.

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