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08/09/18 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Author Karen Kiaer in Hadley, Massachusetts at the grave of Governor John Webster, her grandfather 10 generations removed.

COURTESY PHOTO
Author Karen Kiaer in Hadley, Massachusetts at the grave of Governor John Webster, her grandfather 10 generations removed.

This past year, Island resident Karen Kiaer undertook what she describes as a “labor of love.”

The result is “Ancestors Through My Eyes,” a nonfiction book describing her journey unearthing stories of her Ingersoll ancestors, following 10 generations of family members as they traveled through Massachusetts, Michigan and New York. (more…)

07/05/18 2:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

Wallace Stevens wrote that “Death is the mother of all beauty.”

A century later, in the basement of the Shelter Island Library, Virginia Walker, the new leader of the Art/Rich Poetry Roundtable, quoted the line when describing the ephemerality and complexity of human life that, for thousands of years, poets have been tasked with capturing. (more…)

04/11/18 2:00pm
SCOTT FEIERSTEIN PHOTO | Karen Kiaer and Joy Bausman of the Shelter Island Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution during their April 3 presentation for the Women’s Community Club.

SCOTT FEIERSTEIN PHOTO | Karen Kiaer and Joy Bausman of the Shelter Island Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution during their April 3 presentation for the Women’s Community Club.

On April 3, members of the Shelter Island Women’s Community Club were treated to a Power Point presentation by Joy Bausman, honorary regent of the Shelter Island Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and Karen Kiaer, chapter historian, offering a historical overview of some of the patriots and founders buried in the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church colonial cemeteries. The event was held in fellowship hall at the church. This is the first of several activities planned to celebrate the 275th Anniversary of the Presbyterian Church.  (more…)