Rare books subject of HSM annual meeting talk

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A family Bible worth $350,000. A first-edition classic found at a flea market. A 500-year-old German book of woodprints stored under a bed for 40 years. Mark Twain’s personal book collection, many with penciled comments, questions and witticisms, stashed in barrels in a California garage.

These and other remarkable biblio-tales will be featured at the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown annual meeting and luncheon Saturday, Oct. 22. 

Rebecca Rego Barry author of “Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places” will speak at Margaretville Fire Hall on Church Street. The meeting begins with lunch at noon, catered by Mary’s Cookin’ Again, followed by a business meeting and the presentation. There is a $20 fee.

Make reservations by Oct. 15 at 845-586-3630.

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