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MHA Historic Preservation Awards

Book Talk and Meet the Author: Gail Downs, "The Black Suitcase Mystery - A World War II Remembrance"

Saturday July 7, 2018
10:30 am - 11:30 am

1940 Manchester High School graduateweb" The Black Suitcase Mystery - A World War II Remembrance" by Gail Downs

This book tells the story of George Elliott Rich, who was separated from his mother in 1930 and was sent to New Hampshire to be raised by his paternal grandparents.  The only communication mother and son had for almost 13 years was through cards and letters. They finally saw each other in 1942 for just one short week.  Two months later, George was in the Army Air Corps where he was killed over German occupied Poland on his 50th mission.  
That young New Hampshire hero’s life is chronicled in the letters his mother saved and stored in a small, battered, black suitcase which the author now possesses.  From 1991-1995, the black suitcase took Gail and fifth-grade students on an incredible journey!  What started in May of 1991, as a way to acquaint ten-year-old students with the basics of genealogy research, eventually developed into a four-year study.
 The project received numerous awards and brought local, state, and national recognition.

Join us for a short lecture by the author.  Books will be available for purchase in the Millyard Museum Shop.  Free with admission to the Millyard Museum.  For more information please call the Manchester Historic Association at (603) 622-7531.

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