Here’s a listing of events scheduled at Long Island libraries relating to The Manor.
These programs are open to all, but some require registration.
Please contact the individual library with any questions.
We regret to inform you that Sylvester Manor will not be open for house tours on the day of the author event, May 17.
Mac Griswold, the author of this year’s Long Island Reads selection, The Manor, will speak at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island on Saturday, May 17th at 2 pm. The author talk will be outdoors, and will last about one hour, including time for questions.
The 2014 Reader’s Guide is ready.
We hope this gives you some food for thought as you read and/or discuss this year’s selection.
The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island
by Mac Griswold
“Long Islanders curious about the history of the land we now occupy will be moved by Griswold’s layered account, which continues to the present day.” - Newsday
“The book is strong in its vivid and compassionate description of the horrors of the slave trade… history buffs will love The Manor, and it tells a story that needs to be told.” - Washington Post
“A deeply researched painstakingly detailed story of a forgotten chapter of our nation’s history. Highly recommended.” - Kirkus
In 1984, landscape historian Mac Griswold came across Sylvester Manor, the 1650s former plantation on Shelter Island that has been home to 11 generations of the Sylvester family. After years of painstaking research, she tells the story of one of the earliest plantations in the North, dependent for nearly two centuries upon the labor of African-American slaves, Native Americans, and indentured servants. The book ranges from 16th century Europe to 21st century Shelter Island, where the property, still owned by descendants of the original family, continues to operate as a nonprofit educational foundation and organic farm.
Why The Manor?
The book covers over 300 years of Long Island history and explores the little-known phenomenon of Northern slavery.
The author resides on Long Island and is available to talk at our author events.
The Manor is now the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and the house and gardens are available for tours.
The subject matter is of interest to a broad range of readers.
The book is available in hardcover and e-book; the paperback will be available to libraries in March, 2014.
This year’s author appearance is fast approaching!
J.R. Moehringer will be at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library on Sunday, May 19 at 2 pm.
Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Copies of Sutton and prior works will be available for sale.
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