Press Release, April 1, 2015


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Historical Society Program on Hessian Soldiers in the American Revolution


German Hessian soldiers served as mercenaries for the British army in the American Revolution.  Many stayed on in the new United States.  Why did they come, and where did they go?  Popular local historian Ferne Baldwin will tell their story at the monthly program hosted by the North Manchester Historical Society on Monday, April 13, at 6:40 p.m. in the Timbercrest Assembly Room.


Baldwin’s presentations at the Historical Society meetings are popular offerings.  She describes her program as telling interesting stories about real people.  Baldwin became interested in stories about the Hessians through her work in genealogy.  “I did one project for a family that had Hessian ancestors, and I began to realize what they did.  It was fascinating, and I wanted to share that information.” 


Baldwin is a well-known figure at Timbercrest, where she hosts a monthly Life Time Learning program.  She describes herself as having three distinct careers:  private secretary, missionary, and college teacher.  She also served as president of the North Manchester Historical Society for 10 years, board member for over 20 years, and publisher of its newsletter for 11 years.


The program will be held in the Assembly Room of Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East Street.  There is no cost for the program, which is free to the public.  All are welcome. 


While many attend only the program, the public is also invited to come to the Assembly Room at 6 p.m. for a meal prior to the program.  For those who wish to attend the dinner, reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, April 10.  The cost of the meal is $8.50.  The menu is sliced turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable blend, tossed salad with dressing and blueberry pie.  Reservations may be made by calling Evelyn at 260-982-6777, Mary at 260-982-1813 or the Center for History at 260-982-0672. 


For more information call the North Manchester Historical Society at 260-982-0672.