"It all started with Stan [White] and Mike [Roth]," said library director Sylvia Drennen of the local authors who have written three books about the history of the Southern End.
"I thought it would be a good idea to have these four authors ," Drennen said.
The evening will open with a meet and greet time from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The presentations will start at 6:30 p.m. Park will speak first, followed by Gontz. Then White and Roth will speak about their most recent book on the Robert Fulton Birthplace.
The book, published late last year, recounts the history of the property from the first European settlers to its stewardship by the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society.
"It goes beyond Robert Fulton to give a history of the region," Drennen said of White and Roth's book.
The authors published their 170-page book, Fulton House: The History of the Robert Fulton Birthplace, last December. The property passed through several families in the 40 years after William Fulton obtained it in 1734. After he died, his second wife married James Gillespie and the land was transferred to him. He owned it until it was sold in 1764 to satisfy a debt and another Fulton, Robert Sr., bought the land. His third child, Robert Fulton Jr., was born there in 1765.
He lived in the original house for the first six years of his life. He went on to become a successful painter and inventor. He is best known for building the Clermont, the first commercially successful steamboat. But Fulton is not the major focus of the book.
The property was sold in 1772, again to settle a debt, and Joseph Swift, one of the lenders, bought the land. His family would continue to own it until 1965, when part was sold to the state which would rebuild the birthplace.
That's why the book's focus is largely on the history of the Swift family. Light refreshments will follow the presentation. There will also be time to talk with the authors following the presentations.
The library is at 357 Buck Rd. The event is open to the public; admission is free.
"This [the authors' night] offers something to the community that's related to the Southern End," Drennen said.