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Booking Signing with Michael Westerfield – The Road To The Poorhouse
January 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Author: Michael Westerfield
Book: ‘The Road to the Poorhouse’
Date: Sunday, January 6th
Location: Windham Arts Art Emporium – 95 Storrs Rd, Mansfield (Located in the East Brook Mall)
Michael Westerfield has filled a glaring gap in the written history of Windham County and the State of Connecticut. The Road to the Poorhouse is a thoroughly researched and engagingly understated tale that begins in 16th Century England and brings us into the modern era of caring for the poor. In this important book we learn how 21st Century concerns echo those in the England of King Henry XVIII.
Westerfield’s research shows that our leaders, however much they may squirm at times, have never really questioned the obligation to take care of our neighbors who are in need. One of the gems learned from this important book is that the first employee of the Town of Windham was not a peace officer or a building inspector, but the Director of the Poor Farm. The book also presents us with a striking view of how personal local government was in the early history of Connecticut. This is an enjoyable and very relevant journey through four centuries of taking care of poor people in Windham County.