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Sue Savard

After retiring from teaching, I decided to write a memoir in order to leave a legacy of stories and the history of our family for our four children and seven grandchildren. For the next two years, I joined writing groups such as LCRW and took writing cources in order to learn about the craft of writing. The project soon became not only a mission but also a passion. I wanted the book to be more than just a factual retelling of events. In 2013, I published Autumn Leaves - Don't Want the Dance to End. I had finished what I had started out to do and, thinking that was the end of my writing career.

Later, I focused my energy on rehabbing Brockport's local museum. In the process, I found a fascinating diary about early brockport. The diary documented Joseph Tozier's life as a one-room schoolhouse teacher and later pharmacist, including his travel to North Carolina during the CivilWar. His words painted a vivid picture of the once bustling village on the Erie Canal. I published In His Words - Brockport 1858-1866 in 2016.

In 2016, I stumbled upon another Major treasure when I opened a trunk stored in the museum's attic. It contained 105 original oil paintings and 135 illustrations placed there by a local resident, Helen Hastings, over 100 years ago. Along with the artwork, she left seven detailed notebooks of her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art from 1889-1904. I transcribed the notebooks and included in the book many of her portraits and landscapes. After three years of work, I published Helen Hastings's Art in a Trunk in 2019. It is my hope that art historians, art researchers, and art lovers of all ages will enjoy this one-of-a-kind art book.

Autumn Leaves In His Words Art In a Trunk    






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