Author Carol Zall Lincoln Launches Children’s Book, Sadie and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Parade at Strawbery Banke on August 13

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (July 21, 2016) -- Local authors Carol Zall Lincoln and Debra Beth Laurion, with illustrator Adina Linden, launch their new historical children’s book, Sadie and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Parade, at Strawbery Banke Museum on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12 pm. This free, interactive family event features with special activities, readings and book signings, and recreations from the book of some of Sadie’s experiences as a little girl in the Jewish neighborhood of Puddle Dock when the Russian and Japanese diplomats came to Portsmouth in 1905. Adina Linden will explain her illustrations and guide children in an art project creating bookmarks.  

Sadie and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Parade is a fictionalized version of real historical events that took place in 1905, when Russian diplomats participating in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard peace conference visited shops and businesses downtown. Newspapers of the day report that Jewish shopkeepers, who had immigrated from the Ukraine, were able to speak Russian to the visitors and comment on their new lives in America, compared to the severe hardships of life they had left behind in Russia. 

After hearing these stories at a program at Portsmouth’s Temple Israel, Lincoln was inspired to learn more about the Treaty, including the Welcoming Parade the citizens of Portsmouth prepared for the diplomats’ arrival on August 8, 1905. The 10-minute 1905 newsreel of the parade, filmed by Thomas Edison, will be played continuously during the event along with music from the peace treaty summer recorded by the Seacoast Wind Ensemble for the Treaty 100th anniversary in 2005.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and autographs. The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Teacher’s Guide (grades 4-12) will also be available exclusively for teachers for $20.

“Carol Lincoln’s imaginative interpretation of Sadie’s excitement about the parade and Adina Linden’s colorful illustrations help bring a history that is part of the Puddle Dock neighborhood of Strawbery Banke to life,” said Lawrence J. Yerdon, president and ceo of Strawbery Banke. “Every time the museum can share a story about events that happened here, visitors have a greater appreciation for this original neighborhood.”

Carol Zall Lincoln served as Newmarket NH and McIntosh College librarian. She was the librarian at Moharimet Elementary School in Madbury, NH for 16 years.  Carol is also the author of the popular children’s picture book, The Strange Tale of the Determined Crocodile (2011).

Debra Beth Laurion is a former book store owner and avid reader.

Illustrator Adina Linden has worked with art since she was a teen and was the art teacher in the Oyster River School District for many years.


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Strawbery Banke Museum, on the historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire waterfront, is a 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history to life through heritage gardens, historic buildings, traditional crafts, preservation programs, hands-on activities, stories told by costumed role-players and the changing exhibits that offer hours of fun and discovery for all ages.  A 501©3 non-profit, Strawbery Banke’s daily programs, exhibits, seasonal outdoor ice skating and signature special events throughout the year are made possible by members and by grants from Proulx Oil & Propane, R.M. Davis, CP Management, the NH State Council for the Arts, the NH Charitable Foundation, Lincoln Financial Group, the Institute of Library and Museum Services and many other individual and corporate donors.  For a complete calendar of events, please visit