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Local historian, author to speak in Preston

Published January 15. 2014 4:00AM

Chris Wisniewski will speak at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Preston VFW about her books, "The Hurricane of 1938: Norwich Remembers the Storm of the Century", and "Sto Lat: One Hundred Years of the Wisniewski Family in America."

Wisniewski collected first-hand accounts of the the '38 hurricane from more than 65 residents of Norwich and the surrounding area, along with personal photographs of the damage, many of which had not been previously published.

"Sto Lat" is the story of Wladyslaw Wisniewski and Dominica Rutkowska who both emigrated from small villages in Poland. They met in Norwich, married, and in 1919 they moved to a 140-acre farm in Preston. where they raised their 10 children. Sto Lat tells of typical farming practices of the day, along with stories of Prohibition, attending one of Preston's one-room school houses, WWII, and how the family maintained their Polish heritage while assimilating into the American way of life.

The public is invited to attend this free program sponsored by the Preston Histsorical Society and the Friends of the Preston Library. VFW Post 9452 is located at 28 Spicer Road.

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