UNION — The author of a novel set in the Union Mill Village in the 1950s will be at the Union County Museum Saturday afternoon to sign copies of his book.
In a statement released Thursday morning, Union County Museum Director Ola Jean Kelly announced that author Dan O’Shields will be at the museum at 2 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of his new book, “Where Have You Gone, Ted Williams?”
Kelly described the book as “a new work of fiction that takes place in the Union Mill Village in the 1950s,” an era in which the mill village and the culture it created dominated life in Union County and in much of the rest of the South throughout much of the 20th century.
The press release states that “the Southern Mill Village is an all but disappeared culture that dominated the social scenes of many southern small towns from the turn of the century through the 1950s and 60s. At the center of this culture stood a huge textile mill, a structure with an insatiable appetite for manual laborers. To house workers, mill owners built small living quarters to recruit and house prospective employees; these structures became the basis of the mill villages and ultimately, the basis for the work of Dr. Dan O’shields in this book.”
The book is further described as providing a detailed, emotionally powerful picture of life in the Union Mill Village in the 1950s.
“Many of the real life mill village characters will tug at your heart strings. ‘Where Have You Gone, Ted Williams?’ is packed with wonderful, believable characters from a unique era of Union history. This story will leave the reader with a detailed picture of 1950s Mill Village culture.”
Kelly said the public is invited to attend and urged everyone to “please be sure to join us for the book signing at 2 p.m. this Saturday.”