JOHNSBURG - A writer with deep roots in local communities will soon make her rounds in Thurman and North Creek.
Gloria Waldron Hukle will present, "The American Series Born Grave-Side in Warren County," a free talk highlighted by local history. She will tell how research led her to discover her Adirondack ancestors and to three novels.
Hosted by the John Thurman Historical Society, Hukle will give a presentation at the Thurman town hall, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1. On Wednesday, June 2, Hukle will present a 3 p.m. talk and book signing at North Creek Depot, the first in the 2010 summer series of Depot Museum Platform Talks.
Hukle's novels include Manhattan - Seeds of the Big Apple, a story which tells of the immigration of Resolved Waldron from Holland in the 1600s. Diary of a Northern Moon is the tale of a returning soldier, set in North Creek in contemporary times. Her most recent release, Threads - an American Tapestry tells the story of another of the author's ancestors, a strong woman torn between the dictates of conscience and the mandates of convention, all in the early 1700s in a Hudson Valley estate.
"I've always been captivated by the untold succulent story that is flavored by the people who are the core of every single clinical fact of history," Hukle said. "Who among us is not mesmerized by what is behind the drawn curtain?"
Hukle is attracted to the history and diversity that this area possess and seeks to reveal it to the world. She spotlights the early Dutch, African Americans and American Indians by surfacing their contributions to American culture.
"I want to educate people about our heritage. There is beauty in diversity and I think we all need to know we are Americans," she said.
For program information, call Perky Granger, Thurman coordinator at 623-9305 or Michelle San Antonio, director of the Depot Museum at 251-5842.