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Author to speak at Kelso HouseSeguin to talk about writing, researching historical fiction books

Chad Dryden Published: February 27, 2003 12:00 AM

Local author Marilyn Weymouth Seguin will visit the Kelso House in Brimfield at 7 p.m. March 7 to discuss Researching and Writing Ohio History as part of the Brimfield Memorial House Associations Lyceum Series, which is centered this season on Ohio and its bicentennial celebration.

The author of nine books for young readers, many that focus on Ohio historical events, Seguin will talk about her writing and the research she completes in preparation to write her historical fiction texts.

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Seguin will focus on Song of Courage, Song of Freedom, the story of young Mary Campbell who in the 1800s was kidnapped and held captive by Delaware Indians in a cave along the gorge near Cuyahoga Falls; The Bell Keeper, which recounts the bravery of a young Indian girl during the Gnadenhutten massacre; and Silver Ribbon Skinny, which is a look into the life of a teenage mule driver on the Ohio & Erie Canal in 1884.

Seguins books will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. Some of her other works include The Dogs of War and Stories of Other Beasts in the Civil War, Where Duty Calls and the recently published One Eternal Winter, in which the voice of a young Donner Party emigrant relates the struggle to stay alive during the brutal winter of 1846-47.

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Seguin teaches in the English department at Kent State University and frequently visits local schools. She recently received a summer 2003 creativity grant from KSUs Research Council to complete the writing of The Freedom Stairs, a book about the Underground Railroad and young Adam Lowry Rankins abolitionist family in Ripley.

The lectures in the Lyceum Series are free and open to the public.

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