Author to Sign New “Fly Rod” Crosby Book at Outdoor Heritage Museum
Oquossoc- On Saturday September 22nd from 11 am -3 pm, Pam Matthews author of the newly-released children's book, "Cornelia 'Fly Rod' Crosby, Champion of Maine", will appear for a special book signing at the Outdoor Heritage Museum. Matthew is a resident of Phillips, the birthplace of Cornelia Crosby. The book is illustrated by Portland artist, Heidi Kendrick, and was designed and printed right here in Maine.
Pam and her husband Dick owned a bed and breakfast in Virginia and published a book about their experience before moving to Phillips to retire. Always interested in history, Pam learned about "Fly Rod", and realized that a simple illustrated book about one of Maine’s most influential and interesting women could teach children about this heroine. Crosby perhaps did more to promote her beloved State than anyone in history. She was and avid outdoors enthusiast and widely published columnist who advocated for the registration of Maine’s Guides and would go on to receive Maine Guide badge #1.
An angler and hunter, Cornelia wrote extensively about her adventures around Rangeley and Oquossoc, as well as other parts of Maine. Though she struggled with lifelong illness as well as a knee injury received in a train accident, she was still able to excel in a "man's world" and brought many women into the outdoor sporting life by her example. Crosby was inducted into the Maine women’s Hall of Fame earlier this year thanks to an effort led by the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society. The Outdoor Heritage Museum operated by the Society has a dedicated exhibit on Crosby making it a perfect location for the book signing event. A signed first edition would make a wonderful Holiday gift for a child and a portion of the proceeds will support the museum programs.
Pam will be at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum dressed as "Fly Rod" as she might have dressed in the 1890's, during the peak of her popularity and looks forward to speaking with visitors about this remarkable woman of Maine. The Outdoor Heritage Museum is located at the corner of Routes 4 & 17 in Oquossoc Village in Rangeley. For more information, please call 864-3091