Meet the Author – Thomas Shanklin

Thomas Shanklin is a New Hampshire author with roots in Queens County. Since his birth, he spends his vacations in New Brunswick. For many years he stayed at the cabins owned by Martha and Ernie Sypher. His relatives included Zena Akerley, the Akerleys at Big Cove, Mildred Belyea and the Spraggs at Hatfield Point.

Thomas has just published a 290 page book of stories and information relating to Hatfield Point, Cambridge Narrows, the Spraggs, Akerleys and other relatives. There’s a story about Walter Akerley, Zena Akerley, Aunt Ella Maude Akerley, Willard Akerley and more. It’s called “Downeast-Up Country — a Place, A Family, a Time

On his vacation here this August, Queens County Heritage and the Cambridge-Narrows Regional Library will host him at several Book Readings & Sales at which time he will read some of his stories and sign books. He will have books available – in two versions – a full color version that shows the documents and photographs and letters as they appear in reality. That book is more expensive. Then a printed a book in Sepia and Black and white which is less expensive but no less impressive.

The events planned are:

Thomas Shanklin – Meet the Author- at the Jemseg Farmers Market, Saturday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m.

Book reading & Signing at Cambridge-Narrows Regional Library, Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.

Book reading & Signing at Queens County Heritage Book Fair, the Book Place, Lower Jemseg, Saturday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m.


About frederictonregionmuseum

The Fredericton Region Museum was founded in 1934 by the York-Sunbury Historical Society. The Society was formed in 1932 and now has members from all over North America, however, most are from Central New Brunswick. In 1969 the Museum found permanent headquarters in the Officer's Quarters (571 Queen Street) in the heart of downtown Fredericton. The Society and Museum remain a nonprofit enterprise with a small paid staff and numerous volunteers. They work tirelessly to create informative exhibits, organize programs and events as well as publish a local history periodical The Officers' Quarters. The Fredericton Region Museum is the home of the famous Coleman Frog. He is the 42lb wonder that lived in the Killarney Lake just north of Fredericton about 100 years ago. The Fredericton Region Museum is a gateway into the exciting history and diverse heritage of central New Brunswick. Because central New Brunswick is where the provincial capital is located, and because it served as a meeting place for Aboriginals, Loyalists, Acadian, and other European settlers, the Fredericton Region Museum is an excellent place to start. With over 4000 square feet of exhibit space and a collection of over 30,000 artefacts the museum is a fun and exciting way to look into our past.
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