Author and historian Sheila Myers will give a talk, Uncovering the Durants: A Gilded Age Melodrama, at the Old Forge Library, 220 Crosby Blvd., on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30 pm.
The Durant family is synonymous with Adirondack Great Camps. Myers will discuss this fascinating family, and their decline. She will explain their fall from grace in the eyes of high society due to their revenge, greed and blinding passions.
While visiting one of William West Durant’s first Great Camps on Raquette Lake, Sheila Myers became intrigued with the Durant family history. As a result, Myers embarked on a four year research journey that had her tracking down information from libraries, museums, court houses and cemeteries throughout the eastern U.S. and in England. Her research on the Durant family, who were the largest landowners in the Adirondacks during the 19th century, is chronicled in her historical fiction: Imaginary Brightness, Castles in the Air, and The Night is Done. Myers third book in the Durant trilogy, The Night is Done, was awarded the Best Book of Fiction for 2017 by the Adirondack Center for Writers.
Myers is a Professor at Cayuga Community College in the Finger Lakes region of NY.
Books will be available for purchase and author signing after the presentation.
The program is free and open to the public. Funding is provided by The Friends of the Old Forge Library Adirondack Series and the New York State Council on the Arts: the Literature Program with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.