Rosemary Rowland, former Deputy Historian of Newfield has completed her first book 'Women as Bright as Stars' exploring the history of exceptional and interesting women from the 19th century in Newfield NY.
"Newfield has always been a town emboldened with a fierce independence.
Guardian of the only surviving covered bridge in daily use in the state of New York, it prides itself on its history stemming from a pioneer settlement to a vibrant community today. Yet the lives and accomplishments of women are missing in its record. This book reveals the hidden history of women in Newfield. You will discover:
Kate Dean - the soprano who sang for President Lincoln and the Union soldiers during the Civil War.
Inez Mood, alias Agnes Dratt, arrested for violating the obscenity laws.
Nellie E. Ryding one of a few women photographers in New York State
Minnie Churchill murdered by a jealous husband.
Learn about their lives along with many other women and how they contributed to the history of Newfield. "
Published in 2020