‘STORIED SUSSEX: Dagsboro native books her stories and local history

DAGSBORO – Sussex County has many stories to tell.

A Dagsboro native has put some of her stories and recollections In print.

Noted local historian Sandie Gerken has announced the publication of her new book, “STORIED SUSSEX.” It’s a collection of historical events and stories that have shaped Sussex County, Delaware.

Dagsboro native Sandie Gerken holds a copy of her new book, ‘STORIED SUSSEX.’

Written originally as history articles for local newspaper, High Tide News, Ms. Gerken offers these varied narratives of Sussex County because local history matters to her. The book touches on events, places, traditions, industries, people and pastimes that chronicle Sussex County’s past.

“Indeed, Sussex has a storied past,” said Ms. Gerken.

Growing up in Sussex, Ms. Gerken learned the local lore from her parents while riding the back roads in search of graves of ancestors.  As a result, she has had a lifelong love of history and a passion for genealogy.

Now retired, she devotes her time to genealogy research, painting watercolors and soccer for kids with special needs.

As part of fundraising for the historic Clayton Theatre’s conversion to digital projection in 2013, she wrote the book, “Memories of the Clayton Theatre.”

Ms. Gerken gives tours of historic Prince George’s Chapel by appointment and speaks to local groups about local history.  She began exploring her writing skills for High Tide News over four years ago.

Ms. Gerken feels that her genealogy skills have given her a fresh angle for her meticulous research.  Searching records for a distinctive human aspect or flavor is what she calls her “secret sauce.” Included are chapters about lost traditions or industries, such as button making, wreath making, scrapple making, basket making and others about illustrious Sussex County characters.

Ms. Gerken believes it is important to learn about the past, as busy as the world is today in the era of technology.

Her greatest hope for her book is that “my articles encourage people to ‘read more about it.’  I hope readers will be inspired to search just a bit further to learn more about these Sussex stories or to become excited to research their own storied pasts.”

The book is available in soft cover for $19.99. It can be ordered via mail by visiting www.StoriedSussex.com. The book will also be available at local bookstores and various other locations in Sussex County, and can also be purchased directly from the author.

“STORIED SUSSEX” is offered through publisher Judy Layman of Layman Enterprises (www.laymanenterprises.com, formerly High Tide News).

For information, contact Sandie Gerken at 732-6835 or gerkensandie@hotmail.com.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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