Author Sara Rath will sign autographs at the Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge

The life of Plymouth Notch spiritualist Achsa Sprague will be featured in the Presentation Tent by author Sara Rath. Photo provided by Vermont Historical Society
The life of Plymouth Notch spiritualist Achsa Sprague will be featured in the Presentation Tent by author Sara Rath.
Photo provided by Vermont Historical Society

Tunbridge, Vt. – The Vermont Historical Society announces that Sara Rath, the Wisconsin author of Seven Years of Grace will give a talk and autograph her historical novel at the Vermont History Expo.

  Seven Years of Grace is a fascinating tale published by the Vermont Historical Society that takes readers deep into the heart of antebellum American culture. This dramatized account of the life of Achsa W. Sprague (1827–1862), is grounded in the extensive collection of Sprague’s papers at the Vermont Historical Society. Sprague lectured to audiences of thousands on Spiritualism, the abolition of slavery, women’s rights, and prison reform. She presented herself as a medium, lecturing and singing hymns in a state of trance. From Plymouth Notch, Vermont, Achsa embraced the Spiritualist movement and embarked on a seven-year crusade across America. Though she publicly rejected the doctrine of Free Love supported by many Spiritualists, she secretly struggled against the growing love she felt for a married man.

  “We are pleased that author Sara Rath will be one of our highlighted presenters at the Vermont History Expo,” says VHS Public Program Coordinator Amanda Gustin. “Sara Rath is the author of fifteen books—this is her first historical novel. She will be traveling to Vermont from her home in Spring Green, Wisconsin.”

  The Vermont History Expo takes place June 18 and 19 at the Tunbridge World’s Fairgrounds at 1 Fairgrounds Lane from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Sara will be talking about her book and the life of Achsa Sprague in the Presentation Tent at History Expo on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. There is also an author tent with talks highlighting Vermont’s heritage—illustrating an incident, a historical figure or fascinating place, or simply telling the story about a way of life in Vermont.

  More information about the Vermont Historical Society, Vermont History Expo, and this book can be found at vermonthistory.org or call 802-828-1414.

  The Vermont Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, the Leahy Library and Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre, and programming throughout the state. Established in 1838, its purpose is to reach a broad audience through outstanding collections and statewide outreach. The Vermont Historical Society believes that an understanding of the past changes lives and builds better communities. Visit the Society’s website at www.vermonthistory.org.

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