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Meet the Authors: Book Talk & Signing with Robyn and Michael Hodgson

*Outdoor Event*

Meet with authors Robyn and Michael Hodgson as they discuss their new book, Abandoned Pennsylvania: Ruins of the Family Dream.

About the book: 

The stories that abandoned homes tell captivate Robyn and Michael. Over the past six years of traveling the northeast and exploring hundreds of abandoned locations, they have learned there is not one reason people vacate their homes. Some have relinquished their homes after foreclosure. Other homes are abandoned because people have died and have left estates unsettled, and their family members have squabbled over the assets. The authors have discovered many vacant houses exist because owners have needed assistance funding long-term care in a nursing facility, and the state has seized the property as repayment for Medicaid. Then, there are the historical properties, mansions from the Colonial Era to the Victorian Era, still rich with ornate architectural splendor forsaken to decay until cutthroat developers bypass their historical significance and gain permission from local municipalities to demolish them. Whatever the story, it is usually sad. Robyn and Michael pay homage to the lost lives and the lost dreams that these homes represent with their photographs.

About the authors:

ROBYN AND MICHAEL HODGSON have been together and in love for nearly twenty years. They have four children and three grandchildren. Robyn is a freelance journalist and adjunct writing instructor of at-risk college students, and Michael is an occupational therapy assistant in a nursing facility/rehab. Both share a passion for history and photography and traveling the backroads exploring historic locations. They believe each house contains a story and a memory. Their hope is that many of the homes they discover can be saved from the wrecking ball.

This program will be held outdoors at the Warminster Library Butterfly Garden. Chairs will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer!

Please note that social distancing and masks will be required for this event.

If the event is postponed due to inclement weather, rain date will be Saturday, June 19th at 11:00AM.  

For questions or assistance, contact Adult Services Librarian Heather Lipinski at lipinskih@buckslib.org. 


Saturday, June 12, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm
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