Historical society plans winter book fair fundraiser
ORANGE - If you are planning any winter reading or looking for a special compact disc or DVD you can make that purchase and benefit a bit of history later this month.
A Book Fair, to benefit the Orange historical Society, will take place Jan. 14 to 20 at Barnes and Noble in Milford.
Orange Historical Society President Ginny Reinhard said funds raised are earmarked for a building project.
“The Orange Historical Society is continuing its restoration of the Bryan-Andrew House tapping into as many financial opportunities as are feasible in the current economic crunch. Although the OHS has restored the 1740’s home with State and CT Historic funds, there is still the plumbing, heating and walls to be completed before the tours and school groups can enjoy the oldest house in Orange,” Reinhard said.
On the first day of the Book Fair, several authors will be on hand to speak of their work and also autograph copies of their book.
At 2 p.m. author Bob Belletzkie will discuss his book “The New Haven & Derby, A Revolutionary Railroad, 1864-1907 & Beyond.”
At 3 p.m. Sharon Smith will discuss “Connecticut’s Civil War.”
At 4 p.m. Dan DeLuca will discuss “The Old Leather Man.”
And at 5 p.m. Peter Malia will discuss “Visible Saints.”
The Bryan-Andrew house is a circa 1750 home. According to the OHS Web site the Bryan family was associated with Milford from its founding in 1639. Bryan’s Farms, as it was known in 1700, would be one of several settlements reaching out into the area surrounding the Milford Colony. The first school was established here in 1750.
The OHS also maintains the Stone-Otis House, a restored 1830’s homestead and The Academy, built in 1878, which serves as a museum.
Anyone wishing to participate in the fundraiser simply has to take their purchase to the check out and inform the them they are participating in the Orange Historical Society fundraiser.
Reinhard said there are a couple of exemptions including Barnes and Noble memberships, textbooks and gift cards.