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Author Myrna Taylor at the library

The Keosauqua Library will host Idaho author Myrna Taylor, on Tuesday, November 19, at 1:30 p.m.
When Nov 19, 2019
from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Where library
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Contact Phone 319-293-3766
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The Keosauqua Library will host Idaho author Myrna Taylor, on Tuesday, November 19, at 1:30 p.m.  Her recent publication, LONG JOURNEYS, is a nonfiction, authenticated history of the travels of an old ledger that has survived for more than 240 years.  The ledger, written by John Comins, Jr. when he was a quartermaster in the Revolutionary War, and later as a Justice of the Peace, was passed to his daughter, and then to five more generations in the Comins and Tyler family.  The author is now the caretaker of the old ledger and will reveal it at the book presentation.  

            Of local interest is the proof that the ledger somehow remained intact as it travelled the Mormon Trail through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and then to Utah.  Ms. Taylor and her sister Lonna McGrath of Keosauqua spent five years researching the family histories of those who preserved and cared for it.  Though many of the book’s custodians were deeply embedded in the Mormon Church, others were not.  The author will briefly describe the seven generations of stories that have been preserved and are now revealed in her book. 

            The public is invited to this event, and books will be available for purchase for $16 cash or check payable to the author.  The author will sign copies of the book after her presentation. For more information, call the library at 319-293-3766, email us at or visit our website, or contact Lonna McGrath at 641-777-5514.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.