Civil War Author to Appear at Exhibit Opening

Wauseon native, Jeffrey Spieles, is an elementary school teacher who is not content just to teach history. He has written a stirring novel set during the Civil War— bringing the dangers and conflicts of the time compellingly alive for young readers.
Jeff, 35, the son of Jim and Dolores Spieles of Wauseon, is a 1994 graduate of Wauseon High School where he participated in cross country, track, and National Honor Society. Spieles earned a degree in education from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. He now teaches fifth grade in Englewood, Ohio. Jeff has been awarded Educator of the Year in his school district, and nominated for Ohio Teacher of the Year. “Writing has been a hobby of mine since I was a child. Now as a teacher, I have found storytelling to be a powerful way of engaging students.”
In Sherman’s Path, published by Royal Fireworks Press of New York, is his first novel. The novel tells the story of 12-year-old orphan, Henry Atkinson, who lives in Georgia during the time of Union General William T Sherman’s devastating March to the Sea, from Atlanta to Savannah. After deserting his post in the Confederate army, Henry seeks protection from a plantation owner. He is sent directly into Sherman’s March to the Sea. Through it all, Henry develops a relationship with a remaining slave family— challenging his previously held beliefs about slaves.
Local residents will have the chance to meet Jeff and purchase copies of his book on Saturday, March 10 between 2 and 4pm at the Fulton County Museum at 229 Monroe Street, in downtown Wauseon. Sponsored by the Wauseon Public Library and the Fulton County Historical Society., the reception and book signing will include the exhibit opening of the museum’s 1862 version of “Hell & Homefront : Civil War Through Fulton County Eyes.”

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Published in: on February 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

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