Explore the legacy of Doris Duke with SCLSNJ and Hillsborough Author Rikki Lyn Hauss.
Hillsborough resident and author, Rikki Lyn Hauss, will be giving a book talk at SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough, on December 11 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Hauss will be discussing her award-nominated book, “The Duchess of South Somerville,” which chronicles the legacy of Doris Duke and the demolition of her mansion.
“I was driven to become an author as a response to a need. When I saw how people who lived and worked on the Duke Estate were being turned away, I saw their stories left untold. These amazing residents never had a good venue to speak their mind and have their voices heard, and I wanted to give them a fair chance at writing their histories into Somerset County,” said Hauss.
“Doris Duke and her father JB (James Buchanan) were staples of this community and impacted thousands of lives with their philanthropy, but their personal lives were seldom shared with anyone besides those who were close to home. It became my mission to be the venue of their memoirs and to promote the Duke history as it continues to unfold in our cherished locality.”
Hauss’s new book, which can be found in SCLSNJ’s collection, explores local history by using the words of Somerset County residents – past and present.
“Hauss exudes passion for historical and architectural preservation in her book. It is an honor to have her share her personal story about her mission to promote the Duke’s history and to host this talk about the legacy of Doris Duke in the same community she continues to have such a profound impact on,” said Lisa Cassaly, SCLSNJ adult services librarian.
A Q&A session with the author will follow the book talk. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/274351.