The Ridgefield Historical Society and the Ridgefield Library will present a free presentation and book signing with author and historian Marty Podskoch and his new book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.
Marty Podskoch was a teacher in the Catskills and came to Connecticut in 2005. He decided to write a book on the Connecticut CCC camps. He traveled to more than 100 towns in CT where he gave talks on the CCC and people shared their stories and photos. His Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: History, Memories & Legacy of the CCC was published in 2016.
Podskoch created a book to be a guide and a passport. He got someone from each town to write a short description highlighting their town’s location, history, and interesting places to visit. Podskoch did this because local residents knew more about their town than he did. The book has a space for travelers to journal about their experiences and a place to get the book stamped or signed by a resident or business. Travelers will get to know the locals and perhaps learn about a good place to eat or an interesting local attraction. In this way they get to know a lot about Connecticut and its residents.
The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
To RSVP, go to ridgefieldlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/connecticut-169-club. For more information, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-438-5821.