The Webster Museum and Historical Society
With great anticipation, we welcome a new book on good old Webster, New York. Town historian Lynn Barton, Joan Sassone and Mary Hasek Grenier spent countless hours researching and assembling the book which contains a wide variety of photos and stories that reflect the early history of Webster.
The town of Webster, New York, is framed with a rugged, natural beauty that sets it apart from other local communities, and there is a spirit of independent thinking here that is valued. In 1840, the newly incorporated town was named after Daniel Webster, the outspoken statesman, who had never actually set foot in the town. Favorable soil conditions and climate tempered by Lake Ontario contributed to Webster's growth as a prosperous agricultural center for growing fruit. The production of dried apples, baskets, and food processing were all early industries. From the earliest days of Webster to the mid-20th century, this book highlights pioneer settlers such as the Constant Holt family who came in an oxcart from New England; recalls happenings such as train wrecks, fires, horse races, baseball teams, and children's flower parades through the village; and celebrates the social heritage and spirit of the town whose motto is "Where Life is Worth Living."
Publisher's Author Bio:
The authors are all longtime Webster residents who are active in town and village preservation, the Webster Museum and Historical Society, and the Landmark Society of Western New York. Lynn M. Barton is the Webster town historian, and her family has lived in Webster for generations. Joan E. Sassone has had a career in television production, and her restored home is on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Mary Hasek Grenier is a career history and social studies educator and a graduate of the University of Rochester.
The books will be available at the Museum on the days that the Museum is open.
The book will be available at The Village Hall and the Town Hall during regular office hours. The official publication date is April 19th, 2010.
Also available online through:
Barnes & Noble (Webster Towne Center, 1070 Ridge Road ) will host a signing party on Saturday, May 29th at 1pm. All three authors will be available on that date to autograph the books.