With a publication date scheduled to coincide with this weekend’s sadly-canceled Pole Capping ceremony, Town Historian Sharon Lawrence McDonald’s new book for elementary and middle school readers, Bedford History for Kids, arrived from the printer on Monday.
The book contains fun facts and historic tales—from stone tools to an alleged witch, from trains and trolleys to a new airport. McDonald believes the time is right for younger readers to be able to enjoy learning more about the town where they live. The book is appealingly filled with photos of artifacts, postcards, hand-drawn maps—and pictures of local children.
Published in collaboration with the Bedford Historical Society, McDonald’s book is full of images from the Historical Society, from Alethea Yates’s postcard collection, and new photographs by Bob Bass. There’s a timeline that begins in 1400 and an extensive bibliography.
Many in Bedford will remember McDonald as the Bedford Free Public Library’s Children’s Librarian and an unparalleled storyteller. She has marched with the Bedford Minutemen in her colonial costume, and you may have seen her conducting tours at the Job Lane House museum.
An accomplished author, McDonald has written two other books, The Bedford Flag Unfurled, and A Meeting House and Its People, a history of First Parish on Bedford Common.
Bedford History for Kids is available at $14 each. Until it’s available widely online, interested readers can email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange their purchase and local delivery.