Both American secrets will be discussed by Stephen Butz and Eileen Charbonneau who have authored books on the subjects.
Butz’s “Shays’ Settlement” in Vermont is the story of both the 18th century revolt and the archaeological adventure that led to the discovery of the ruins of the fortified community of refugees deep in the Vermont wilderness. This first formal study of the site’s secrets has been ongoing since 2013 and has yielded remarkable results, many pictured in Butz’s account of his team’s findings. In parallel chapters, the remarkable life of Danial Shays unfolds. From Revolutionary War captain to leader of a rebellion against injustices in post-war Massachusetts, to wanted fugitive to pardoned pensioner, Shays” exploits influenced the US Constitution’s inclusion of individual rights and laws that put an end to debtors prisons.
Butz is an educator, writer, archaeologist, and environmental scientist who has taught at the secondary and college level for over 20 years. He has degrees from Cornell University and has published numerous books on science, history, and technology. He is a co-director of the Shays’ Settlement Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting historic research, scientific inquiry, and educational outreach. He lives along the Vermont–New York border, where he continues to teach, run the Shays’ Settlement archaeology field school, and work on his various research projects.
Charbonneau takes a different path with her World War II-era American secrets, that of a novelist. In the first of her “Code Talker Chronicles” suspense series, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” readers meet Luke Kayenta, a young Navajo idealist whose innocence is shattered by his initiation into the fledgling OSS (Office of Strategic Services, precursor to the CIA) as it tries out the newly developed code on a secret mission in the mountains of Spain. In book two, “Watch Over Me,” Luke teams up with New Yorker Kitty Charante and their relationship leaps hurdles of class, race and their soul-searing time.
Charbonneau lives in Bellows Falls. Her work has received the Golden Medallion, Hearts of the West, Andre Norton, and Phyllis A. Whitney awards.
Butz and Charbonneau will visit Bartleby’s Books on Saturday, October 14, at 6 pm to talk about their adventures in discovering American secrets. Bartleby’s Books is located at 17 West Main Street in downtown Wilmington. For more information call (802) 464-5425, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.myvermontbookstore.com.