Some times in life, people are at the right place at the right time. Local author Kristen Demeo’s time is now as she highlights another’s time in history, Thomas Jefferson.
Her latest work "Jefferson’s Cheshire Cheese" takes readers back to the inauguration of Jefferson, and the contribution that Cheshire made to the event.
The idea for the cheese was sprung by Cheshire Town Elder John Leland, who rallied the town to honor the new President and show allegiance. With the support of the town the project soon grew to epic proportions, involving 935 cows giving three gallons of milk a day, creating a the necessary hardware, and of course, the long journey from the Berkshires to the inauguration.
Well, let’s not give too much away.
"This book are places, events and people that cannot be forgotten. There is a opportunity to learn from history and gain a greater understanding of our purpose in this life," Demeo said. "Local history is a place for young people discover this. Berkshire County is rich and steeped in fascinating history."
Demeo wrote the book, as well as her other works, specifically to appeal to both young and old.
Keeping history fresh and in the minds of the next generation were "part of my intention and creation process with all three of the books I have written, ‘Jefferson’s Cheshire Cheese,’ ‘The Legend of Mt. Greylock’ and ‘Susan,’" Demeo said.
"With all three projects I also said to myself, a book has to be written for this generation and those to come. There is nothing out there that does this."
"Jefferson’s Cheshire Cheese" is available at The Williams Inn, Wild Oats, the Berkshire Emporium, The Porches, H.D. Reynolds, Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, The Red Lion Inn and Arrowhead.
"Storytelling/lore has become far less the focal point in the American society today," Demeo said. "The danger, do we lose the past and with this a part of our future?"