Aunt Emily’s Diaries
Edited and Compiled by Cindy Metsker Hayes
Non-fiction, 294 pages; 6" x 9"
Aunt Emily's Diaries is the story of one woman's life in the mid-to-late 1800s. Through her journals she transports us back to another time that was not always idyllic. The stories she shares of heartache, loyalty and perseverance, are endearing, timeless and inspiring.
During her lifetime Emily championed women rights and equality for all citizens. She and her husband, Edward Spencer, helped rear seven children, some related and some not, over a span of a few decades. As they prospered, they gave back to their community located in Kendallville, Indiana. One of their most enduring gifts was the landmark Spencer Opera House built in 1890. It could seat 800 and had both gas and electric lighting. Today it’s known as The Strand and has the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in the United States. The Spencer home was a popular gathering place for friends and relatives. I invite you to step inside for an "old fashioned" visit with Emily as she shares the story of her life.