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Local Author Shares History Of Willow Creek

OAKHURST – Marcia Penner Freedman will be at the Oakhurst Library on Saturday, June 15, to talk about and sign her new book Willow Creek History – Tales of Cow Camps, Shake Makers and Basket Weavers.

It’s the same Willow Creek that flows into Bass Lake and moves through five powerhouses generating 27 kilowatts of electricity for California.

It’s the same Willow Creek that rises at eight thousand feet in the Sierra National Forest, crashes through narrow granite canyons and meanders through serene mountain passes on its journey to its confluence with the San Joaquin River 25 miles belowLogging railroads have carried their loads alongside and over Willow Creek. Native tribes made their homes along its banks. Each year, thousands of people swim and boat and fish in its waters.

In this history of Willow Creek, local author Marcia Penner Freedman shares the amazing story of these moving waters and the people whose lives have been touched by Willow Creek.

Freedman, born and raised in the New York metropolitan area and later, a resident of Los Angeles for twenty years, has been a lifelong hiker, backpacker and camper. In 1999, she decided to leave city life and relocate to the small town of Oakhurst, just outside of Yosemite National Park.

One day, while hiking up in the Sierra National Forest, Freedman came across a Willow Creek sign at a bridge. Below, in a ravine, the creek meandered down through the forest and out of sight.

Following that encounter, Willow Creek became her focus, an obsession her friends might say, and after years of editing newsletters and immersing herself in other people’s interests, she decided it was time to write about something that captivated her – Willow Creek.

Freedman received a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Southern California and currently teaches psychology part-time at a local community college.

Her book signing will be Saturday, June 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Oakhurst Library Community Room.
ISBN: 978-1-60949-644-9 • Paperback • 160 pages • $19.99
Contact Marcia Penner Freedman
freedman@sti.net
(559) 642-4736

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