REPORTING · 15th June 2010
Jane Stevenson was at the Kitimat Public Library on Saturday, June 5th to read from her recently published book: “The Railroader's Wife, Letters from the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.”
Louis Avery, Curator of the Kitimat Musuem and Archives introduced her. She explained the museum had an interest in the history of this railroad. Stevenson did an internship at the Kitimat Musuem and was Curator at the Bulkley Valley Museum.
Stevenson took the podium and welcomed everyone. She explained she was going to read excerpts from the chapter: Spring, 1912. She introduced the audience to the speaker of the book, Bernice Medbury, who moved into the area from Wisconsin with her husband, Leslie Martin, a worker on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The book is based on the letters written by her.
Copies of the letters were donated to the museum by Bernice’s daughter when she came up to visit the land her mother used to speak about. They were placed in the museum's archives, where they collected dust. Stevenson wanted people to be able to read them so she requested permission from the museum and took them to a publisher who asked her to add context to the letters.
Stevenson broke the letters down into seasons and added the requested information. After a question and answer period, Stevenson cut a cake in the shape of her book and signed several copies.