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Children's book explores Lewiston's Underground Railroad

by jmaloni

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Fri, Jan 10th 2014 08:50 pm

"Johnnie's Adventures: Lewiston's Underground Railroad," a new book, is aimed at teaching children and adults the story of slavery and its connections to Lewiston. Each page of text includes historical annotations. Children can follow the adventure on the map on the back cover designed by BeauDesigns.

"Lewiston's Underground Railroad," authored by Suzanne Simon Dietz and illustrated by Rex Taylor Stewart, is the second book in a historically based series of young Johnnie published by BeauDesigns. Stewart's artwork of historical sites brings to life the efforts to guide slaves to freedom.

Dietz, who serves as Town of Porter historian, was recently awarded the Silver Medal in Biography by the Military Writers Society of America for her work "My True Course about Dutch Van Kirk," a 578-page book detailing the story of the navigator and sole living crewman of the Enola Gay who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during World War II.

A book signing for Dietz' latest "Johnnie's Adventures" work will take place Saturday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lewiston Stone House, 755 Center St.

Her books are available from online booksellers, bookstores, or the Dory Trading Post, 535 Main St., Youngstown. For more information, visit www.suzannesimondietz.com, or find BeauDesigns on Facebook.

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