White Supremacy fueled the start of the Civil War in the United States of America. The human ideal of the Union States of the North that people did not own people, won the war with the Confederate States of the rebel South who had years of slave holding heritage. During these years, the Underground Railroad was alive and well in the greater Sturbridge, Worcester, Northampton, area.
The Underground Railroad began in 1780. By the time reflected in the living museum at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, 1830’s, the safe houses, called stations, were well traveled by Harriet Tubman and her soon to be freed former slaves.
Although slavery was not legal in the northern states, if a southern slave owner came looking for his runaway slaves, there was a penalty for people of the North who helped the fugitive slaves escape, since slavery was legal in the south.
Meet Harriet Tubman who led the way for over 300 former slaves; and Harriet Beecher Stowe who was so upset by the idea that people owned people and treated them unfairly, that she wrote about “Eliza,” based on a slave girl she had met.
Read about former Presidents Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Van Buren, the Battle of 1812, and the Seminole Indian Tribe at the time in Spanish Florida.
Meet Robert Carter III, a wealthy and prominent member of the planter class in Virginia, who owned hundreds of slaves going back to 1791. Carter had a change of heart and later released many slaves as freed men and women. He was so wealthy that President Jackson borrowed money from him, and President George Washington’s nephew proposed to Carter’s daughter.
Former President Jimmy Carter is a descendant of Robert Carter III, who was also known as King. Carter III descended from William Strother, on his father’s side. Everyone at that time knew Carter III was descended from English royalty, going back to Charlemagne and William the Conqueror, and many other English kings. Presidents Zachary Taylor and John Tyler were also defended from Strother. President Jimmy Carter is also related to President Barack Obama. They are eighth cousins.
History has a way of repeating itself when we do not take heed of the lessons of the past.
History reveals that the Underground Railroad was alive and well in 1830’s in the Sturbridge, Worcester and Northampton, Massachusetts area, as MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS addresses. The Religious Society of Friends Quaker Meeting Houses took the lead in promoting human equality, human rights, and even women’s rights.
Harriet Tubman plays her famous role, highlighted in this book. Harriet Beecher Stowe was also so moved by the prejudice and unfair treatment of other human beings, that she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Both characters play a role in reviving history, which should not be forgotten. Without conscious awareness of history and its prejudices, history is bound to repeat itself.
Antediluvian history is also addressed in this fiction work addressing issues that continue to affect us today.
The history of Christmas, how Christmas really came to be, and how it evolved with today’s traditions is finally revealed. This is a wonderful, educational book that should be on everyone’s summer reading list.
Publication of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys is now on hold, while alterations are being made. Originally innovative concepts were presented at such a fast pace, it left readers with their heads spinning. The truth of accurate history need not be distracted by flights of fancy. The truth itself, the truth about how Christmas really came to be, and how Noah and his sons repopulate the world, is itself utterly amazing, backed by biblical and ancient historical references. In this case, the truth is extensively more wonder-filled than any lesser attempt to draw the reader in could possibly be. I will post again when the revised copy is perfected.
Thank you all for the tremendous success of the début of this book. There were two book signings, one at Barnes and Noble Bookstores at the Shoppe at Blackstone Valley in Millbury, MA, where 20 copies of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys sold out; and The Bird Store And More, which was another success in the month of December 2016.
This time the re-release of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys, expected to be out in the spring, will be out in time for major book markets to be able to order this book in time for Christmas 2017. Anyone who wants to know the real origin of Christmas will find this to be a must-read book. The subtitle of this book is, “Christmas Unlocked.” The accurate ancient history of Christmas and holiday traditions will be very enlightening for all who have an interest in this particular holiday, and wish to know how the holiday’s customs and popular traditions really got its start.
Poignant to today’s critical times of a resurgence of retro-racism, one of the themes of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys is, There is only one race, the human race.
Brie will remain the female protagonist of the book, in a world where the role of women in today’s society is challenged all over the world.
The quote by Plutarch is applicable to this book:
“To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.”
Linda Hourihan, HHCP, author of the newly released fiction novel, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, subtitled CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, will be at Barnes & Noble Bookstores at The Shoppes At Blackstone Valley, 70 Worcester Providence Turnpike #5, Millbury, MA 01527 December 3. She will be signing copies of her book for sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of the Tantasqua Regional School Book Fair.
Hourihan is a local author, residing within the five towns included in the five-town regional school system: Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge and Wales.
This historical fiction/fantasy/time travel novel begins at the Christmas by Candlelight dinner at Old Sturbridge Village, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year 2016.
Also timely to the publication of this book, is the April 20, 2016 announcement by the United States Treasury, to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill, moving President Andrew Jackson to the back, by the year 2020.
Many presidents are mentioned in this book, including President Jimmy Carter, who is a descendent of Robert Carter III, the wealthiest businessman from Virginia. He is remembered for freeing southern slaves during the 1830s. Robert Carter III released approximately 500 slaves, the largest emancipation by one person in American history.
“Carter is so wealthy that President Jackson borrows money from him. President George Washington’s nephew proposes to his daughter. Former President Jimmy Carter is a descendant of his. Robert Carter III’s nickname is King. He is descended from William Struthers, on his father’s side. Everyone knows Robert Carter III is descended from English royalty, going back to Charlemagne and William the Conqueror, and many other English kings. Presidents Zachary Taylor and John Tyler are also descended from Struthers. Former President Jimmy Carter is also related to the former President Barack Obama. They are eighth cousins,” boasts Lily. She is proud that the Unites States of America truly is the melting pot of the world.” Taken from page 79.
The theme running through this book is: “There is only one race, the human race.” Brie is the young female protagonist, at a time when the world needs a strong female character. While the target audience is noted for all ages, it is well-suited for junior high and high school students and adults as well.
Can you imagine being chased by a fifteen foot tall Nephilim? Have you https://youtu.be/gmA_lyYJLu0 ever been carried away to a place you do not want to be, by a person you do not want to be with?
Learn how Brie, the thirteen year old female heroine of the latest historical fiction/ fantasy novel, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, successfully deals with this problem.
Chapter by chapter Brie, along with her cousin and best friend, Abby, deal with the traumas and questions of life. Together they tackle one of the biggest questions, Is God real or fantasy?
Brie attends the Christmas by Candlelight celebration at Old Sturbridge Village with her mother Sarah, her brother Greg. Also invited along on this trip by Grammy Rose, is her beloved cousin Abby, and Abby’s twin brother, Abe, and their mother Cher.
The family tours Sturbridge, MA during the day, prior to the night’s gala event, filled with horse-drawn sleigh and carriage rides, and workshops in all the fire-stoked houses, shops, bank, and Meeting Houses, reminiscent of the 1830s village.
The family gets separate between the carriage ride and the annual Gingerbread House contest. Half of the family time travels to experience history, ancient and pre-history first hand. The other half of the family learns the real history of the Underground Railroad, and Harriet Tubman who is going to be on the front of the new $20 bill by the year 2020.
This novel also shed a light on former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, who in reality are eighth cousins, and both related to English royalty through William the Conqueror and Charlemagne.
Brie’s adventures continue when she and Abby babysit baby Jesus, for two years. They get to see the three wise men who arrive by Bactrian camels. The wise men and Joseph all have strange dreams, so vivid that it motivates the wise men to depart from a different route, and Jesus, Mary and Jesus to flee to Egypt.
Barnes & Noble Bookstores is now considering putting MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED on retail bookshelves. One thing Barnes & Noble looks for is demand for book orders through their stores, either for the softcover version or the eBook. People can now use their Barnes & Noble store cards to take advantage of all the specials that their BN cards offer.
To order MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED for Christmas presents through Barnes & Noble, simply contact your local Barnes & Noble Bookstore and request this book.
This is a returnable book for all bookstores, through the publisher, iUniverse, LLC. Barnes & Noble Bookstores, and all other bookstores, are able to return any unsold books they order for their retail bookshelves.
Also if you would like to see MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED on the retail shelves of any other bookstore, you may now contact them so that they may also order books for you.
Ordering books through Barnes & Noble Bookstores and all other bookstores saves you shipping and handling costs.
MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is a wonderful present on the history of Christmas, Santa Claus, the birth of Jesus, through the time travel adventures of Brie, the 13 year old protagonist. She discoverers there is only one race, the human race. She and her family begin their holiday traditions at the Christmas by Candlelight Dinner Celebration. Time travel to hear the choir of angels sing. This is just the beginning.
The new cover of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS-CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, to put the title and my name as author on the book spine cover, is now completed. Bookstores want both title and author name on the book spine, in order for the book to go on retail bookstore shelves. Online orders for the softcover version is now available again! The eBook version is expected to be ready in about 4 weeks. I’ll keep you posted. You may also click on the link below to see if the eBook is available. If you see it, it is there. I hope everyone enjoys learning ancient, Bible, recent and pre- history as much as I enjoyed researching it.
My fiction novel is now available for purchase. I hope you enjoy it.
Brie is the thirteen year old protagonist of this fiction novel, at a time when a young, strong, female character is so needed in the world. She deals with individuality and relationships, and comes to realize there is only one race, the human race. She time travels to the birth of Jesus in a stable, hears the choirs of angels sing, and babysits Jesus.
In other chapters, Brie gets captured by the Nephilim, meets Noah and his family, and travels to the Sanctuary of the Great God’s in Greece. Her cousin Abby, Grammy Rose, and Aunt Cher share the adventures.
Brie and her family sails the Mediterranean Sea with Dodanim of Noah’s lineage, helps save the day during the Roman wheat shortage, hears Jesus first hand give the Sermon on the Mount, meets Apostles Paul and Timothy on the island of Samothrace, and learns why Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned to death.
While Brie and part of her family time travel, her remaining family is attending Old Sturbridge Village’s 70th Anniversary in 2016, featuring the Christmas By Candlelight annual celebration. Brie’s mother, Sarah, her brother Greg and her cousin Abe, who is Abby’s twin, enjoy a fascinating journey through the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Panic of 1837, an introduction to the Rev. Adin Ballou, angels and Santa Claus; all presented in the many historic buildings that make up the Village.
The snow filled evening is complete with a Christmas turkey dinner, horse-drawn sleigh and carriage rides, a moving wall, a hidden library, a ring of antique keys, antique locked books and adventures with Bactrian camels, wolves, to allow a family to learn little known historical connections between Noah’s sons, and the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires.
This book is inspired by a set of large keys handed down to me from my grandfather, F.
Louis Tetreault. I am sure these keys went to the farm on Blackstone Street, Mendon, Massachusetts, either to the barn, locked chests, equipment, or to the house both he and my grandmother, Maria (Benoit) Tetreault lived in. My mother is number thirteen of fourteen children. Mom, aunts, uncles and cousins, I love you all. I am so glad my Canadian French grandparents had so many children, or else I would not be here, or have had so many cousins to make my childhood so happy.
Or the keys might have belonged to my grandparents’ Vermont cottage or the shed on Sheldon Hill Road, with the Wardsboro Brook directly behind it, where my sister, cousins and I would brave the icy waters flowing into our tiny, dammed up swimming spot. When I was young, I would often spend weeks and months living with them in their home away from home, while my mother, as a single parent, worked full-time painting radon on watch hands so they would glow in the dark. Both my beloved grandparents have since passed away, and were very dear to me. I treasured them and everything about them, even these keys.
The book’s timely publication covers the April 20, 2016 announcement by the United States Treasury planning to put Harriet Tubman’s picture on the front of the $20 bill, moving President Andrew Jackson to the back in the year 2020. Fascinating information between President Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin is also included in this work of fiction. The names of Old Sturbridge Village including all the buildings at this place, and the Christmas by Candlelight celebration are real. However, I have never attended the Christmas by Candlelight celebration, and the adventures in this book are pure exciting fiction.
Also real names in this area are: Thai Place, Annie’s Country Kitchen, The Bird Store and More, Brimfield Antique Center, Southwick’s Zoo, McLean Hospital, Harrington Hospital, B.T.’s Smokehouse, and the Sturbridge Tourist Center.
MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS ~ CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is available at:
You are invited to a book signing by Linda Hourihan for this book, December 9, 2016 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at for the annual Night Owl Christmas Open House, taking place at The Bird Store And More Open House, 4 Cedar Street, Sturbridge, MA. The event is known for good food and drink, among the treasures of the store. The Bird Store And More appears in the book, featuring the galvanized, super tall, bear proof bird feeding pole, since the author had three regular bird feeders, cemented into the ground, taken down, cement and all, by black bears. Check out The Bird Store And More website: thebirdstoreandmore.com, or call (508) 347- BIRD; or (888) 823- 2473.