Local historian, author to discuss the book

1. The Dr. Shaw Library at Mount Vernon, pictured here, and the Vienna Historical Society will co-host a Dale Potter-Clark Book Talk on Nov. 16 about his book about the Underground Railroad. Photo submitted

2. Dale Potter-Clark, author and local historian, will speak at the Dr. Shaw Library in Mt. Vernon on Nov. 16. Photo submitted

3. Escape from Bunker Hill book cover by Dale Potter-Clark. Photo submitted

MOUNT VERNON – The Dr Shaw Memorial Library and the Vienna Historical Society will co-host a book talk by local historian and author, Dale Potter-Clark, on Wednesday, November 16e at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Library, 344 Pond Road, Mount Vernon. Potter-Clark will talk about his historical Underground Railroad novel titled Escape Bunker Hill. The book tells the story of a couple from Maine named Dr. Joseph and Myra Mitchell, who move to Jacksonville, Florida to help slaves escape north. The story also follows four runaways as they pass through Portland, Hallowell, Manchester and Winthrop, Maine, among other towns along 1,500 miles of the eastern seaboard on their perilous journey.

Potter-Clark was inspired while searching for the Mitchells’ real home in Readfield and evidence led her to suspect that they had been involved in the Underground Railroad. “It’s hard to find evidence that most people were involved in the secretive and dangerous movement,” Potter-Clark recounted, “so I couldn’t find confirmation that Mitchells was — even after speaking to some of their descendants. But their story never left my mind and this novel is the result. Many real people, places and events of the day are included in the script and a 35-page appendix provides more detail to their topic.

Representatives of the Vienna Historical Society will answer questions, as will Potter-Clark after his book lecture and reading. Copies of Escape from Bunker Hill will be available for purchase at the event and are currently available for sale at the Kennebec Cabin Company in Manchester and the Weathervane Restaurant in Readfield. IMF about this event, call the Dr. Shaw Library at (207) 293-2565. IMF about the book, visit readfieldmaine.blogspot.com or contact Potter-Clark at (207) 441-9184 or email [email protected]

Angela C. Hale