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Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons

Tuesday, November 20, 2018: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   20/11/2018 18:00:00 20/11/2018 19:00:00 America/Anguilla Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons Tuesday, November 20, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Author Sharon Hatfield shares a presentation on spiritualism as a 19th century religious movement. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY


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Enchanted Ground addresses spiritualism as a 19th-century religious movement and explains the place of Jonathan Koons and his family within it. The movement began in western New York in 1848 and extended into the cities and rural communities of the Midwest. Curious visitors travelled from as far as New Orleans to Athens County, Ohio, to a remote country cabin whose marvels would rival any of P. T. Barnum’s attractions. People dressed in homespun crowded in with those in city attire to experience what spiritualist Jonathan Koons and his son Nahum would demonstrate in the pitch dark of the log cabin night after night. A native of Ewing, Virginia, Sharon Hatfield grew up loving Nancy Drew mysteries and listening to her grandmother read Grimm’s Fairy Tales aloud. Years later, she’s still interested in mysteries of various kinds, which has influenced her choice of nonfiction book topics. Her newest book, Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons, was published by Ohio University Press in October 2018. She began writing poems and stories at an early age. After earning undergraduate degrees in English and biology at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, she became a newspaper reporter in Virginia. Sharon moved to Ohio in 1985 and later earned a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. She has worked as a reporter, editor, English professor and manuscript consultant. Sharon has twice received a creative writing fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, most recently in spring 2018 for her work on Enchanted Ground. Her previous book Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell won the Weatherford and Chaffin awards for nonfiction. She has served as a panelist for the Kentucky Arts Council and on the faculty of the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop in Hindman, Kentucky, and the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival in Harrogate, Tennessee. In her adopted hometown of Athens, Ohio, she is a member of the Southeast Ohio History Center and is active in environmental work. She also volunteers as an adviser to the Jenco Fund of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, an endowment that supports visionary leadership in the region.
Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons

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