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Final book in 'Royers' trilogy debuts Saturday at Renfrew Museum

September 06, 2013
  • Sister-in-laws Maxine Beck and Marie Lanser Beck have written Royers of Renfrew  Threads of Change, the second in their trilogy that chronicles the Royer family.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The year is 1821 and all of Daniel and Catherine Royer’s 10 children are nine years older than they were when they were first introduced to readers in 2012 in “The Royers of Renfrew — A Family Tapestry.” They are now facing all the challenges and choices of adulthood.

 Having established their thriving Pennsylvania German farmstead and coped with the trauma of the War of 1812, what becomes of the 19th century Royer family members through the first two historical novels in the series will be revealed in the last. 

The newest volume, “The Fabric of Life,” debuts Saturday at Renfrew Heritage Day at Renfrew Museum and Park.

Authors Maxine Beck and Marie Lanser Beck will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to autograph copies, with a percentage of the sales going to support Renfrew Museum and Park and the Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies.

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The sisters-in-law have released each of the books in conjunction with Renfrew’s fall events since the first volume was published in 2012 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of construction of the stone house Daniel Royer built that is the heart of Renfrew Park.

The books cost $14.95 plus tax. All three volumes will be available.

Renfrew Heritage Day will feature craft demonstrations, log house construction, tinsmiths, yarn spinning, broom making and quilting among others. 

Admission costs $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger.

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