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‘Errors in the poem about Paul Revere’

All of us think we know about Paul Revere, the U.S. Revolutionary hero, and his famous ride to Lexington to warn the people of Massachusetts that a British expedition was advancing toward them. But if the source of our knowledge is the celebrated poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow written in 1861, on the eve of the Civil War, then we may not have all the facts quite right.

It turns out that Longfellow’s poem gives Paul Revere more credit than he is due. Apparently Longfellow wanted to rekindle the revolutionary spirit and inspire support for the war in the north. So maybe he took a little poetic license with the truth.

The Sarah Platt Decker Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution wanted to help set the record straight — at least here in Pagosa.

They have created a display in the library just inside the front entrance that includes a copy of the poem with the errors in red and sidebars detailing the correct information. There’s also a picture of the Old North Church, a portrait of Paul Revere, a map of his ride, a model horse and a toy stuffed mouse dressed in a Revolutionary War uniform.

The display is headlined, “Listen my children and you shall hear of the errors in the poem about Paul Revere” — a clever play on the first two lines of the famous Longfellow poem. The timing of the display is perfect, as this month our nation begins a long series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

If you have interesting objects or a collection that you are interested in displaying at the library, please call Kathy Hamilton at 264-2208. The display case is three feet long, four and a half feet high and ten inches deep, and it locks so security is not a concern.

Fictional epics

“The Land of Painted Caves” by Jean M. Auel is the last in the ice-age Earth’s Children series. “Hellhole” by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is the first book in a three-book series on a galactic scale.

Nonfiction epic

Through the stories of three desperate men — an innocent man wrongly accused of murder, a corrupt policeman and a militant Black Panther — “The Savage City” by T.J. English tells the story of race, violence, and urban chaos in the 1960s in New York City. Amazon named this book its Book of the Month for March, calling it “part police procedure and part historical narrative.”

Biographies and memoirs

“One Hundred Names for Love” by Diane Ackerman follows two writers facing huge changes to their marriage after the husband suffers a stroke following kidney surgery.

“Theodore Roosevelt in the Badlands” by Roger L. Di Silvestro explores the turbulent years the future president spent as a rancher in the Badlands of Dakota Territory. “In the Blink of an Eye” by NASCAR race car driver Michael Waitrip tells the story of that fateful afternoon in Daytona and the longtime friendship of the author with Dale Earnhardt. In “Love is the Link” by Pamela M. Kircher, a doctor shares her experience of near death and dying.

Books on CD

“Toys” by James Patterson and Neil McMahon follows a couple who were raised elites and now find themselves fugitives safeguarding a secret that could save the lives of millions. “Treachery in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the mystery series featuring Eve Dallas and her partner Peabody. “When the Thrill is Gone” by Walter Mosley is the latest in the mystery series featuring PI Leonid McGill. “The Jungle” by Clive Cussler is the latest in the Oregon Files adventure series. “Love You More” by Lisa Gardner is a mystery focusing on a state trooper’s killing her husband. “Gideon’s Sword” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child follows a son aiming for vengeance after his father is accused of treason and shot. “Live Wire” by Harlan Cohen is the latest in the thriller series featuring Myron Bolitar.

Large print mysteries and thrillers

“The Attenbury Emeralds” by Jill Paton Walsh explores the effect on a family of the king-stone emerald in their heirloom collection. “Pinned for Murder” by Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the latest in the Southern Sewing Circle mystery series. “Town in a Lobster Stew” by B. B. Haywood is the latest in the Candy Holliday murder mystery series. “Night Vision” by Randy Wayne White is the latest in the Doc Ford thriller series.

Large print romance

“A Creed in Stone Creek” by Linda Lael Miller is book one of a new romantic trilogy with a Western flavor. “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain is the story of the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, and their expat life in Jazz Age Paris. “Driftwood Cottage” by Sherryl Woods is the latest in the Chesapeake Shores series. “The Touch of Sage” by Marcia Lynn McClure looks at the life of a spinster who has raised her sisters and wants her own turn at romance.

Thanks to our donors

A special thank you to the Friends of the Library for their donations in support of the Summer Reading Program and to purchase the tables for the new multi-purpose room.

For books and materials this week, we thank Lynn Dryburgh, Helena Gunther, Bamma Laizure, Marjorie Nevitt, Barbara Redd and Gwen Taylor.

Quotable quote

“If we did all the things we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas A. Edison, American inventor, scientist and businessman.


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