Cover of Glenn Pearsall's newest book
Local author Glenn Pearsall will release his newest book — “When Men and Mountains Meet: Stories of Hope and Despair in the Adirondack Wilderness after the American Revolution” — at a presentation and book-signing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Tannery Pond Community Center.
“This will be my first of many presentations on the book,” Pearsall said. “I wanted to do my first at TPCC in recognition of all the local support and encouraged I have received for my writing. Book was five years in the researching and writing.”
Pearsall — a Johnsburg resident whose last book, “Echoes In These Mountains: Historic Sites and Stories Disappearing in Johnsburg, An Adirondack Community” was released in 2008 — will combine a slide show with readings from the new book. He will also be signing books after the program in the art gallery.
“When Men and Mountains Meet” discusses the Adirondacks from 1790 to 1820 and includes considerable unpublished material, such as letters of David Parrish and much detailed information about John Thurman.
“The Adirondacks have a strong environmental history and there are many fine books that tell that story,” Pearsall said. “There are far fewer that address the cultural history of the place. There have been a few isolated attempts to write about the period 1790-1820 in small specific towns or villages, but this is the first time the entire story is told in a single collection. Furthermore, this work provides a larger context and perspective of the entire Adirondack Region and the world events at that time.”
The book has received wide praise from a number of local authors and historians.
“For all who seek the history hidden by time and change on this landscape, this is your book,” said Caroline M. Welsh, Director Emerita, of the Adirondack Museum.
Bill Mckibben, internationally-renown environmental writer and activist, said this books is “a fascinating look at the early history of a fascinating place. And a reminder that the remote Adirondacks were nonetheless part of the emerging republic, with all its glories and shames.”
At 400 pages, “When Men and Mountains Meet” was published by North Country Books in Utica. It retails for $18.95.
Pearsall will also present a public program at the Thurman Town Hall, 311 Athol Road, in Athol, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6. The program is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served by event host, the John Thurman Historical Society.
Pearsall keeps busy with all types of historic research. For example, with the national 150th commemoration of the Civil War in 2011, he researched and uncovered 175 Civil War soldiers with connections to the Adirondack town of Johnsburg. He presented that research using diaries and letters read by Civil War soldier re-enactors together with more than 100 historic pictures at presentations at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek as well as the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake.
In 2000, Pearsall and his wife, Carol, established the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life of year round residents of the Adirondack Park.
When not pursuing a passion for history and philanthropy, Glenn is a senior partner and portfolio manager for a wealth management team in Glens Falls. He and his wife Carol live near the base of Crane Mountain in the Adirondacks.