EAST GREENBUSH - Between cranks on an old-fashioned butter churn and tastings of old-time homemade "switchel," Gloria Waldron Hukle and Persis "Perky" Granger talked about their writings and area history - on which their books are based - to a gathering Sept. 23 at Good Buy Books.
These two women, both hailing from northern Warren County, have dedicated the majority of their writing endeavors to depictions of local characters and the history of Adirondack communities.
Hukle is an 11th-generation member of the Waldron family that was among the first to settle in North Creek in the early 1800s on what used to be called Elm Hill.
She began her writing career in 2006 by publishing an account of the Waldrons in 17th century New York City entitled Manhattan - Seeds of the Big Apple. The following year, she published The Diary of a Northern Moon, a 20th-century mystery involving North Creek. Hukle's third work, the subject of her talk last week, is Threads - An American Tapestry, an account of several families who resided in the New York Hudson Valley area many years ago.
She said she seeks to spotlight the early Dutch, African-Americans and American Indians in area history and present their contributions to American culture.
"I want to educate people about our heritage," she said. "There is beauty in diversity, and I think we all need to know we are Americans."
Persis "Perky" Granger, a resident of Thurman since 1976, launched her writing career in 2002 by publishing the non-fiction work Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer's: Writing a Path to Peace. Her second book was Adirondack Gold and the Adirondack Gold Teacher's Guide. In 2008, Adirondack Gold II: A Summer of Strangers was published and continued the story of Hollis Ingraham's adventures in the Thurman and North Creek area in the mid-1800s.
Granger regularly conducts presentations in area schools and organizations throughout the Adirondacks featuring her Adirondack Gold series to instill in the younger generation an appreciation of 19th century and early 20th century life, she said.
"People of that era impressed me," Granger said. " I can't imagine how people could get their basic chores and work done, considering they'd have to walk miles to school, church or event to the neighbor's house and back again."
Granger added that time had a different pace and meaning in those bygone years.
"It's amazing how much they got done before modern conveniences and motor-vehicle travel," she said.
Granger's youngest daughter Laurel has illustrated her works.
For more information about Gloria Waldron Hukle and Persis Granger, see: www.authorgloriawaldronhukle.com and www.persisgranger.com.