Jervis Public Library to host talk by local author, filmmaker

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ROME — Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., will host a talk by the author of “The Third Mrs. Galway,” Deirdre Sinnott, called, “Local Women in the Underground Railroad and Abolition,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the library’s fourth floor wheelchair accessible auditorium.

Sinnott will discuss the history that inspired her book, which won The Writers Lounge 2021 Bookshelf Award and was named a Great Book Read by the Women’s National Book Association.

The novel is set in Utica in 1835. Newlywed Helen Galway discovers a secret: two runaway slaves are hiding in the shack behind her husband’s house. Suddenly, she is at the center of not only the era’s greatest moral dilemma, but her own as well. 

Sinnott grew up in Utica and is an independent scholar and filmmaker.

She was a historical consultant, researcher and contributor to the Fort Stanwix Underground Railroad History Project, funded by the National Parks Service.

Sinnott is working on a non-fiction book about the American Abolition movement and Underground Railroad centered in Utica.

No registration is required for the free program. It is preferred that attendees wear masks. For more information, contact the library as 315-336-4570.

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