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Book Discussion: “Underpinning” with Susan Reed

image001Underpinning is a memoir of growing up in Friday Harbor from 1908 to 1917 by Caroline Reed, the eldest daughter of one of the first doctors to practice medicine in the Islands, Dr. Connor Reed.  Caroline Reed’s vivid descriptions evoke whole days from the past, such as the 1916 Fourth of July town celebration and a town picnic at Turn Point.  She also brings into sharp focus earlier glimpses of a young doctor driving horse and buggy to make house calls; her adventures at play on the island; tales of buried treasure, old hermits, smugglers, ships lost at sea; and travel to such places as Fort Yellowstone, one of Dr. Conner Reed’s Army posts during World War I.

Susan Reed is the granddaughter of Dr. Conner Reed and daughter of author Caroline Reed. The book has been out of print and is being republished later this year. Ms. Reed  be coming to the San Juan Historical Museum to read selected excerpts from the book, followed by group discussion.

Please contact the museum for further information at 360.378.3949 or

Admission: Suggestion donated $5, museum members free

Date/Time: Sat. Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.

Location: 405 Price St.

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