“A Rock Solid History of Hawthorne, New Jersey” explores history through rocks

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Local author Veronica MacDonald Ditko will be at a few upcoming events with crafts and freebies. Her recently released book, entitled “A Rock Solid History of Hawthorne, New Jersey,” recognizes that children learn best through tangible objects like rocks. The book explores the history of Hawthorne, NJ through rocks and inspires school-aged youngsters to look at their surroundings, learn from what they can touch and see, and search for more.

The book is available on Amazon.com (see link below), as well as Bookends in Ridgewood, The Curious Reader in Glen Rock, and Barnes and Noble online for $9.99.

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Ms. Ditko will be present at the following upcoming events:

1. Mon Mar 11, 7:00 PM: “Rediscovering the Pearl Rush of 1857” talk for the Hawthorne Historical Society at the Louis Bay 2nd Library, 345 Lafayette Ave. This little known phenomenon began with a farmer in Paterson and spread across the nation. Pearls that were found here ended up saving a European princess from war. This unbelievable true story began in local waters.

2. Sat Mar 16, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: A celebration of NJ STEM Month and NJ Makers Day, hosted by Tech 101 4 Kids at the Game Cave, 15 Garfield Ave. Kids are welcome at this free, hand-on event, where Ms. Ditko will be offering rock rubbings of real fossils and old Native American projectile points.

3. Sat Apr 6, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM: Cel-Earth-Bration at Hawthorne High School. Come visit the town's Earth Day event and do the scavenger hunt! Ms. Ditko will have a table with giveaways.

4. Sat Apr 13, May 11, May 25 & June 1 at 8:30 AM: Bird & History Walk by the Green Team, John W. Rea House, 675 Goffle Rd. Learn about birds and local history on these morning walks in the park.

Veronica has written many articles of local interest in New Jersey and worked for newspapers in Massachusetts and NJ, as well as mainstream, business and trade magazines. She studied Anthropology and Archaeology and is the face behind the longtime “An Accidental Anthropologist” blog.

See more about her on Facebook at “Veronica MacDonald Ditko, Writer” and her Amazon author’s page. She is also available for interviews, book talks, educational presentations and signings. She has 20 years of experience as a children’s educator in a volunteer setting.