The Gunn Memorial Museum in Washington will play host to a slide presentation and book signing with author with Daniel Cruson March 10 at 1 p.m.

A snow date of March 17 is set.

Mr. Cruson is the author of the new book "Putnam's Revolutionary War Encampment: The History and Archaeology of Putnam Memorial State Park."

During the winter of 1778-79 General Israel Putnam led 3,000 troops of the Continental Army into three separate valleys of northern Redding, where they built temporary huts for protection against the winter cold and lived for six months before marching out to engage the British the next fighting season.

Mr. Cruson's book tells the story of that winter sojourn in the wilds of western Connecticut and the dramatic effect that this fourfold increase in population had on Redding.

For the past 12 years, Mr. Cruson has been engaged in archaeological excavations in the eastern most of these three encampments and has discovered new information having application to not only the winter camp in Redding, but also that at Valley Forge, which was the year before, and at Morristown, the year after.

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