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The Booster Citizens have received a new supply of the Calvin Fairbank autobiography, How the Way Was Prepared. A 19th Century abolitionist who spent 17 years in Kentucky prisons for his anti-slavery activity, Fairbank lived his final years in Angelica and is buried here in Until the Day Dawn Cemetery. His 1890 memoir was reprinted last year under the imprint, Heritage Days Press.
The 153-page paperbound book, with cover illustration by Pat Kaake and edited by Tracy Cassidy (Booster News editor), offers a faithful reproduction of the original work, telling the remarkable life story of the famous slave-stealer.
An addendum, edited by David Haggstrom (former BN editor) features a number of items about Rev. Fairbank and his connection to Angelica. These include, from the 2011 Heritage Days Civil War tour of the cemetery, Kaake’s scripts for the portrayals of Fairbank and of former slave Thomas Woodland, along with photographs of Rev. Timothy Middleton as Fairbank and Anthony Fuoco as Woodland.
Also available from the Booster Citizens is a new printing of Three Journeys to the Genesee, Molly Beer’s 2009 “frontier biography” of the frontiersman Moses Van Campen.
“Two centuries after Van Campen settled in Angelica, where he is considered a founding father,“ Beer writes in the back-cover blurb, “he remains iconic, a figure of his times and situation. ‘I was nurtured in the school of the rifle and the tomahawk,’ Moses liked to boast, and this cultural ambidexterity is the result of a particular intersection in American geography and history.”
The Fairbank book sells for $14.95, and the Van Campen book is $15.00. Both are available from the Booster Citizens at the Little Building. To inquire about mail-order copies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And just arrived!—Another run of a Child’s History of Angelica, text by Ida Patterson Case, color photos by Marika Kaake Burke and Don Kaake, originally published in 2008. Available to purchase for $10.