“LET’S VISIT NEW HOPE” Historical Society Author
BUCKS COUNTY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
NEW HOPE, PA (8/30/15) – ON AUGUST 13th, starting at 11:15am – A fun and educational event is happening at the Bucks County Children’s Museum (8/13/15) – A special reading with author Gayle Goodman from the New Hope Historical Society including a morning greeting with Billy Buck! Families are welcome to join Gayle as she reads the historical society’s latest literary addition specially geared for kids, “Let’s Visit New Hope” – a beautifully illustrated children’s book by local artist and illustrator, Pat Achilles. “Let’s Visit New Hope” shares in the most colorful way, the rich history of the area - dating all the way back to Lenape Indian days!
After reading time with Gayle at the museum, families are encouraged to explore hands-on what they learned about the area – by touching, climbing and interacting throughout Bucks County themed exhibits. Children especially love getting hands-on with history by digging for local, historic treasures such as fossils and artifacts including trilobites, Indian arrowheads and even a Civil War bugle! Also within the museum, kids can easily go for an interactive hot air balloon ride too – yet another unique experience Bucks County is known for!
Gayle Goodman wrote the “Let’s Visit New Hope” with Roy Ziegler. Both are members of the Historical Society’s board of directors. “Let’s Visit New Hope” is illustrated by popular Doylestown artist and illustrator, Pat Achilles who created more than 30 bright, colorful drawings of iconic scenes from New Hope and the surrounding area for the new publication.
MORE ABOUT “Let’s Visit New Hope” :
Directed to children in the second grade level of elementary school, but it is a book that will surely be enjoyed by everyone, as it depicts an array of area attractions, history and activities that abound in New Hope and the surrounding communities. Benjamin Parry, Father of New Hope, is the guide who takes us on a whirlwind tour of such popular attractions as the Parry Mansion, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope-Ivyland Railroad, the Civil War cannon, Giggleberry Fair, Pearl S. Buck House and so many other fun and interesting places. Along the way, the reader learns about the rich and fascinating history of New Hope and Bucks County.
The book can be purchased directly from the New Hope Historical Society on their website at www.newhopehs.org or by calling 215-862-5652.
Pictured here; The Museum’s official mascot, Billy Buck getting ready to read all about New Hope and a young “Let’s Visit New Hope” book enthusiast who became very excited when she heard about meeting author Gayle Goodman again this August 13th at her favorite museum, The Bucks County Children’s Museum! Gayle and Ava first met at Ava's school, Ms. Goodman has been touring schools and libraries throughout the area since its March 2015 launch, benefitting the New Hope Historical Society! Photo Credit: Mandee Kuenzle
BIOS/About the Authors & Illustrator:
Gayle Goodman has lived, worked, and visited all over the world, and now resides in Solebury, Pennsylvania, the town right next to New Hope. She serves on the Board of Directors of the New Hope Historical Society and of Pearl S Buck International, and volunteers in the New Hope-Solebury Elementary School. Gayle loves the beauty, history, arts, friends, restaurants, and ice cream of Bucks County.
Roy Ziegler is the author of two books about New Hope history: New Hope, Pennsylvania: River Town Passages traces the history of 50 New Hope buildings as far back as 300 years, and The Parrys of Philadelphia and New Hope chronicles four generations of the dynamic Parry Family. His novel, Twilight of Separation is a coming of age novel set during the social turbulence of the 1960s. Roy is past president of the New Hope Historical Society and serves on the Society’s board of directors.
Pat Achilles painted the illustrations of all the interesting and colorful places around New Hope for this book. Ever since she was in grade school she has loved to draw and paint. She likes reading about history, music, theater and art, and enjoys learning even more by visiting historic places and going to concerts, plays and art shows. To see other books Pat has illustrated, look on her website www.achillesportfolio.com.
By popular demand, the authors and illustrator will continue to tour throughout 2015 – confirmed schedule is as follows:
NHHS History Day book event
“Solebury Day” book signing
Collingwood Book Festival, Collingwood New Jersey
Christmas Sales/Signing at NHHS Spirited Tea, Parry Mansion
ABOUT THE NEW HOPE HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
The New Hope Historical Society was organized in 1958. Its mission is to "inspire people to explore New Hope's past, understand its present, and envision a better future." In 1966 the Society located to the historic Parry Mansion, built and owned by Benjamin Parry (the "Father of New Hope") and later his descendants until the 1960s.
With a Board of Directors and over 400 members, this keeps New Hope’s rich history alive through the various community activities and educational programs that are presented throughout the year.
The Society's holdings include photographs, letters, family papers, minute books, organizational records, oral history recordings, and other documents relating to the people, properties, businesses, and organizations of New Hope. Prominent local families the Parrys and Coryells are well represented in the collection. “We inspire people to explore New Hope’s past, understand its present, and envision a better future.”