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The Unquiet World Comes to Dundee

Open to all, the Dundee Area Historical Society’s summer dinner program will be held at “Millerland” on Miller’s Lane off Welker Road, east of Route 14A on Tuesday June 29th. The program will feature Yates County Historian, Frances Dumas who will talk about her new book The Unquiet World: The Public Universal Friend and America’s First Frontier.The Unquiet World is the first book about the Universal Friend which has as a source the 900 page manuscript of James Brown’s grandson Arnold James Potter’s unpublished book. Brown was a devoted follower of the Friend and her steward beginning in 1810. Potter inherited an old trunk Brown had filled with papers belonging to the Friend and her followers including diaries, letters, memoranda, testimony from litigation, dream books, original deeds, a few maps and a mass of additional material and based his book on these treasures. Some of these resources were microfilmed at Cornell; some became a part of the collection at the Oliver House Museum. But many of them were destroyed. Potter quoted extensively from these original sources. Fran has included many quotes from Potter’s manuscript in her book. The Unquiet World is much more than the story of Jemima Wilkinson and her followers. It tells the story of the early settlement of our area and the forces that produced the Friend’s unique movement as well as how that movement influenced the history of Yates County, western New York and the United States. It has copies of old maps and other materials that help enable the reader to see what our world was like in the late 1700s. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about this exciting story and pick up your own copy of this wonderful book. Also available for purchase will be Yates Heritage Tours’ new companion audio self-driving tour which will take you to some of the physical sites associated with the Friend and her followers. The tour includes an audio CD, a map and a booklet organized by tour stop. You wont want to miss this opportunity to learn about our history while following in the footsteps of the first settlers of our area.In addition to the dinner there will be a special wine tasting presented by Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars & Highland Cellars during the social hour. The cost for the dinner program is $12.50 for Society members and $13.50 for non-members. Social hour begins at 5:30 pm, and dinner is served at 6:15 pm. Be sure not to miss this wonderful event. For reservations, please call 607-243-7047 by June 25th.

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