Cudworth authors book on White Memorial history
White Memorial Foundation Executive Director Keith Cudworth holds a copy the book he wrote to mark the foundation's 100th anniversary. BZ photo
White Memorial Foundation Executive Director Keith Cudworth picked up a pen and turned into an author to help White Memorial celebrate its 100th anniversary this year.
Cudworth, a 28-year employee of White Memorial, has written a comprehensive history of the foundation that was established in 1913 by Alain White and his sister, May, to preserve thousands of acres of pristine land surrounding Bantam Lake in Litchfield and Morris.
The book provides a look at the early days of the foundation, major events that have shaped the property, the guiding principles of the organization, and a glimpse of what lies ahead.
Cudworth became executive director in 1998 after 13 years as superintendent. With the 100th anniversary approaching, Cudworth decided to compile the foundation's first written history since 1938.
"I started working on it four or five years ago, but it's actually a compilation of information I've come across over the past 25 years," Cudworth said. "The goal was to write something that would show how diverse a place White Memorial is."
The book was published by White Memorial and is available in hardcover ($54.95) and soft cover ($29.95). It is on sale at the White Memorial museum. Cudworth will hold a book signing at the museum on April 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to White Memorial.