STERLING — The Greene-Dreher Historical Society recently announced the publication of their newest book, Mills On The Wallenpaupack, authored by Diane B. Smith.
A book signing is planned for the Society’s “Jammin’ Jelly” Open House on Saturday, October 14 at the Peggy Bancroft Hall in South Sterling.
Ms. Smith will be available to sign copies of the book from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
The book spans the years from the early 1800’s when the first settlers built gristmills and sawmills to serve local needs to the early 20th century when the local lumber supply was exhausted, and large flour mills dominated in the Midwest.
By that time, local mills disappeared one by one, and all but one of these sawmills and stick factories closed.
The last stick factory, F. A. Madden & Son, remained in operation until the 1950’s.
“The mill owners and lumbermen were the founding families of the villages and hamlets that developed around the mills,” said Smith.
Mills On The Wallenpaupack contains numerous photographs of the mills and the men and women who worked there.
The mills created jobs within the mills and in support industries.
This strong economic base and jobs market allowed those local villages to become independent economic centers, supporting a growing population.
“The Greene-Dreher Historical Society has a long history of publishing, beginning with our founder, Peggy Bancroft, and we feel that this book is an outstanding achievement for both Diane Smith and our organization,” said Ellen Drake, board member.
“Very few historical societies of our size, with only a volunteer staff, have produced such a library of publications,” she continued.
The book sale is one of many activities at the “Jammin’ Jelly” Open House.
A Bluegrass jam session with local musicians will continue throughout this free event.
There will be a homemade jam and jelly sale featuring 14 different varieties.
The hall museum, barn museum, and the outdoor exhibits will be open for the public.
Hot dogs and apple cider doughnuts will be served.
All proceeds and donations will support the Greene-Dreher Historical Society and its mission to preserve local history.
Visit the Greene-Dreher Historical Society site for information, directions to the hall, and the remaining 2017 events at www.greenehs.org or on Facebook.
The Open House is sponsored by 2017 business partner, Tammy L. Clause, Esq.