Alfresco Authors: Didn’t Do Much But a Little of Everything: The 1897 Eagle Island Diary of Dalton Raynes


Eagle Island summer resident and fisherman, Ian Ludders, discusses how he came to publish the 1897 diary of Dalton Raynes and what he learned along the way

From 5.00 pm until 6.00 pm

Due to the weather forecast, we have made the tough decision to postpone Ian's talk until Thursday, August 26 (originally August 19). It is tentatively scheduled to take place from 5-6pm in Small Cove Park. Any changes to the event will be posted here; registrants will be notified by phone and/or email.

Entranced by the poetic compression of Dalton Raynes’s work-log, Ian Ludders set about researching and annotating the text through both oral and written records, and discovering a story within, he decided to self-publish Raynes’s diary alongside his annotations, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Ian first met Dalton in the pages of Paul Molyneaux’s The Doryman’s Reflection: A Fisherman’s Life, and a glimpse of his houseboat-scow on Penobscot Bay with salted cod drying on its roof left him wanting to know more. Ian finds himself thinking a lot about local history, our proximity to those who lived here before us, and the unknowability of their lives operating in a different economic space. Ian is connected to a couple hundred years of continuous family-island memory in the person of Bob Quinn, his captain.

The Stonington Public Library is thrilled to host Ian Ludders in our Alfresco Authors series. Bring a bite to eat and a chair down to Small Cove Park, and join us for some local history and island lore. Didn’t Do Much But a Little of Everything will be available for purchase. The book is also available at

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