Book signing for Sydney Stevens, author of Jailhouse Stories from Early Pacific County

Starts:Saturday, September 03, 2016  1:00 PMEnds:Saturday, September 03, 2016  3:00 PM



International Police Museum

212 N. Highway 101

Rockaway Beach, OR 97136

Event Description:

The International Police Museum is hosting a book signing for Sydney Stevens, author of Jailhouse Stories from Early Pacific County. In this narrative Stevens discusses the history of hanging, lynching, and jail breaks in Pacific County, where tourists flock to quaint attractions every season. But back in the early days, when the first jailhouse was built, this was a rough, rustic setting. Popular cannery worker Lum You was hanged here in 1902—the only legal execution in county history. Industrious smugglers and creative entrepreneurs outwitted state-sanctioned prohibition measures, though some still did time in the jailhouse. This collection of tales is culled from a forgotten prison record book. Opium fiends, thieves, military deserters and even wayward girls jailed for incorrigible acts are brought out of the shadows of a wilderness long gone.

Author and historian Sydney Stevens is a fourth-generation Oysterville resident. Prior to her literary career Stevens worked as an elementary school teacher and wrote social studies texts and local history books. She is also the editor and publisher of the Chinook Observer. At the books signing you can meet the author, have your book signed, and learn about the early police history of the area. Books will be available for purchase in the museums gift shop. For more information about Sydney Stevens and her other books please visit her website at also visit her Facebook page


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