Inspired by a children’s book, Dublin students lead a historic motorway marker project

June 10 – Year 1 and Year 2 pupils in Dublin have launched a project to install a historic road marker telling the story of a little girl who inspired several children’s books, school officials announced this week. the state.

Dublin Christian Academy students in Holly Christensen’s class read the book “Sarah Whitcher’s Story” by New Hampshire author Elizabeth Yates, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The students then collected the 20 signatures needed to propose the freeway marker at the intersection of NH Route 25 and Swain Hill Road in Warren.

Dublin students were there when the marker, which is the 275th in the NH Historical Highway Marker program, was unveiled on June 3.

The marker tells the story of “Sarah Whitcher and the Bear”.

In June 1783, when she was three years old, Sarah got lost in the woods picking flowers. After a four-day search, his footprints were found near Berry Brook alongside bear prints, according to the story on the marker.

According to the story, the girl was found after a local man, who had three times dreamed that Sarah would be found by the creek and guarded by a bear, joined in the search.

“The story of this little girl being saved by a bear has entertained generations and inspired several children’s books,” says Marker.

Any entity or person wishing to propose a historic road marker to commemorate significant places, people or events in New Hampshire must submit a petition signed by at least 20 residents and write the text of the marker with footnotes and documentation, according to natural and cultural heritage. resources department.

“New Hampshire’s historic markers illustrate the depth and complexity of our history and the people who made it,” the statement said, “from the last Revolutionary War soldier to contemporary sports figures to poets. and painters who have used New Hampshire as inspiration.”

An interactive map of all historic road markers in the state is available on the NH Division of Historic Resources website, nh.gov/nhdhr.

Ryan Spencer can be reached at 352-1234 ext. 1412 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @rspencerKS

Angela C. Hale