The settlers’ disappearance and the lone clue they left behind – a “secret token” carved into a tree – have baffled historians and amateur sleuths for centuries. Following a chance encounter with a British archaeologist, Lawler discovered that solid answers to the mystery were within reach. He set out to unravel the enigma of the lost settlers and documented his work in “The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke” (Random House, 2019).
HBF and Fort Miles celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with a presentation and discussion of D-Day Girls with author Sarah Rose. This event is free, park and museum fees apply.
D-DAY GIRLS: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose (on sale April 23), tells the largely unknown story of the women who engaged in clandestine warfare in enemy territory to pave the way for the Allied victory on D-Day.
SARAH ROSE is the author of For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History. She was the Dynasties columnist for the Wall Street Journal and has written for Outside, Travel + Leisure, Bon Appétit, and Men’s Journal. In 2014, she was awarded a Lowell Thomas Prize for travel writing.
In the 1870s, before women had the right to vote or a firm standing in the workplace, a lucky few found employment at the Harvard College Observatory. The first female assistants were born to the work—as the wives, daughters, and sisters of the resident astronomers.