Short Hill Historical Society
The Short Hill Historical Society is pleased to present “An Evening with Linda Harris Sittig” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 at Walsh Family Wine at 16031 Hillsboro Road, Purcellville, Virginia 20132. Ms. Sittig is an award-winning author who will talk about how history shapes women’s lives and present her latest book, Counting Crows. After her talk, she will sell and sign copies of her books. Ms. Sittig will share stories of indentured servitude in the young colony, unscrupulous textile practices in the mills of the Civil War, and the horrors of the sweatshop industry; all of which impacted our history. Wine will be sold by the glass and light refreshments will be provided. A suggested donation of $5 a person is welcome. Register online.
About Linda Sittig
Born in Greenwich Village, New York City, and raised in Northern New Jersey, Linda was lured into reading by Lad, a Dog and Nancy Drew, Girl Detective. Later her attraction to history and a bit of wanderlust led her to study in Switzerland, before returning stateside to earn a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in Reading. Linda eventually chose to live in Loudoun County, Virginia, where the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains inspires her to write.
Combining her passion for history, stories, and the need for literacy, she began publishing commentaries on how parents could encourage the love of reading with their children. That led to a twenty-year weekly newspaper column, “KinderBooks” (Loudoun Times- Mirror); a non-fiction text, New Kid in School (Teachers College Press); and writing for a nationally syndicated educational newsletter, The Connection (PSK Associates). She also created a blog, www.strongwomeninhistory.com which eventually led Linda to write her debut novel, Cut From Strong Cloth, about an Irish ancestor who tried to break the glass ceiling of the Philadelphia textile empire in 1861. Linda’s next novel, Last Curtain Call, follows a group of miners’ wives as they battle a powerful coal company in 1894. Her third novel, Counting Crows, is set in 1918 when a 21-year-old 4th grade teacher from rural Maryland moves in with her aunt in Greenwich Village where she is drawn into the world of feminism and the horrors of the sweatshop industry.
Linda has been twice recognized by the Virginia Press Association with Certificates of Merit for her journalism. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Reston Connection, and The Purcellville Gazette, in addition to numerous professional journals and short story anthologies. Passionate about lesser known women in history who led extraordinary lives, Linda blogs monthly at www. strongwomeninhistory.wordpress.com, and has followers in over 64 countries.
From 1982 – 1994 Linda received three separate distinguished educator awards from metropolitan, state, and international organizations. She continues to teach at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, where she works with educators on how to immerse literature into children’s lives.
This talk is part of the Short Hill Historical Society’s “History Talks, Trips, and Treasures” series which is sponsored by The Purcellville Gazette and Jason Sengpiehl of the Sengpiehl Insurance Group. Get more information about the Short Hill Historical Society, the non-profit dedicated to preserving and restoring historic landmarks in the Short Hill region and find out how you can support their efforts at www.ShortHillHistoricalSociety.org.
7:00pm - 9:00pm EST
Walsh Family Wine, 16031 Hillsboro Road, Purcellville