Coffee Hour with Book Introduction! Tues, Nov. 12th at 7pm! We’ll serve Coffee, Tea, and Cookies while Sandy Uland Taylor discusses her book “Under the North Star.” Contact the library at 812-384-4125 for more information.
Sandy Uland Taylor, daughter of Joe and Milly Uland, spent her youth in Greene County, graduating from Bloomfield High School in 1959. She taught English at Bloomfield in 1970. Taylor later spent 42 years teaching school in Monticello, Indiana. Four years ago in the White County Historical Society library, Taylor found memoirs of a local Monticello girl, Mollie Greist, describing her time in Alaska as a medical missionary from 1920-1937. Later a manuscript from Mollie’s husband, Doctor Henry W. Greist, was discovered at Dartmouth College. Lastly, Mollie and Doctor’s son David contributed his recollections and Taylor edited the complete tome, Under the North Star. This remarkable true story is told from three points of view: Mollie’s maternal, practical and subjective focus on her present life and people she encountered; the Doctor’s intellectual, philosophical, and objective approach to the history and future of the Eskimo people God called him to serve; and David’s experience growing from a 2 year old to 16 year old in the wilds of Point Barrow, Alaska, the furthest point north and 350 miles above the treeline, with Eskimos as playmates.