Author to Discuss Modern-Day Crossing in ‘The Oregon Trail’
Join the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 4, as author Rinker Buck discusses his newest book, ‘The Oregon Trail,’ and presents a slide show of photographs that were taken along the way. Spanning 2000 miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific coast, the Oregon Trail is the route that made America. In the 15 years before the Civil War, when 400,000 pioneers used the trail to emigrate West (scholars still regard this as the largest land migration in history) it united the coasts, doubled the size of the country and laid the groundwork for the railroads. Today the trail is all but forgotten. In 2011, Buck and his brother Nick set off to make an authentic covered wagon crossing of the Trail. They knew that their chances of failure were high, but the Bucks persevered, becoming the first wagon travelers in more than a century to complete a crossing of the trail. Rinker, who lives in northwest Connecticut, tells the story of their epic adventure in his book, illuminating the rich history of the great pioneer road, the people who made the migration and the colorful state of the trail today. Buck began his career in journalism at the Berkshire Eagle and was a longtime staff writer for the Hartford Courant. He has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Life and many other publications. His stories have won the Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award. He is also the author of the acclaimed memoirs, ‘Flight of Passage’ and ’First Job.’ Northshire Bookstore is located at 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center. Call 802-362-2200 or visit northshire.com to learn more.