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Chambersburg kicks off its reading effort

September 10, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg residents will be learning about the life of a local historic figure during September and October through the Chambersburg Reads program.

The community celebration of reading kicked off its two-month series of events Thursday evening with a lecture and reception at J. Frank Faust Junior High School.

Deborah Larsen, an instructor of creative writing at Gettysburg (Pa.) College and author of "The White," a fictionalized account of the life of Mary Jemison, spoke about her motivation for writing the novel, published in 2002.

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"The White" is one of the books on the reading list for Chambersburg Reads, which this year focuses on Jemison, White Woman of the Seneca. In 1758, when she was a teenager, Jemison was taken from her home in Buchanan Valley, near Gettysburg, by a Shawnee raiding party. She was forced to walk through the mountains to Fort Duquense, now Pittsburgh, where she was given to two Seneca sisters to atone for their brother's death at the hands of white settlers. Jemison lived the rest of her life with the Seneca, marrying twice, having several children, and eventually owning 10,000 acres of land, Larsen said.

Larsen added that the book is relevant to today because Jemison saw wars, violence and death.

Chambersburg Reads is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations which promote reading and literacy throughout the community.

A list of Chambersburg Reads events may be viewed at http://home.earthlink.net/~chambersburgreads.

For more information, call 717-264-6883.

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