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easton hse 169 club book

The Historical Society of Easton welcomes back author and historian Marty Podskoch on Sunday February 3rd at 3 PM to present his newest book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut at the Easton Public Library’s Community Room, 691 Morehouse Road, Easton. His new travel book encourages travelers to visit all of the towns and villages of our beautiful and unique state.
Marty Podskoch was a teacher in the Catskills before moving to Connecticut in 2005. Doing research for a previous book, Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories & Legacy of the CCC which was published in 2016, he traveled to over 100 towns in CT. As he traveled throughout the state he marveled at the great diversity of villages, cities, rivers, lakes, mountains, and seashores. He realized that most of the residents of the state had not traveled as widely as he had and he wanted them to explore this beautiful state.
He created a book to be a guide and a passport. Podskoch contacted someone from each town to write a short description highlighting their town’s location, history, and interesting places to visit. Podskoch did this because local residents knew more about their town than he. The book has a space for travelers to journal about their experiences and a place to get the book stamped or signed by a resident or business. Travelers will get to know the locals and perhaps learn about a good place to eat or an interesting local attraction. In this way they get to know a lot about Connecticut and its residents.
There is no membership fee, just a desire to experience all of Connecticut. Adults and children of all ages can be members. What a great adventure for families, grandparents, and their grandchildren, or go by oneself.
People who visit all 169 towns will receive the “Leatherman Award” patch at a luncheon or dinner held at a different town each year. The award is named after the vagabond who lived in caves and traveled a route regularly (approx. 34 days) from the Connecticut River to the Hudson River during the late 1800s.
After Podskoch’s talks he and some of the writers and co-writers of the book will be available for a book signing. The hard cover 8.5 X 11 book has 376 pages with hundreds of photos & maps and sells for $24.95. All are welcome to attend the talk.
While the lecture is free to all to attend, donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated to support the Historical Society’s efforts and future events. For more information please visit our website: www.historicalsocietyofeastonct.org, phone: 203-292-3533, and email: hseastonct@gmail.com.



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