Children’s book author Connie Remlinger Trounstine will discuss her book “Fingerprints on the Table,” which focuses on White House Treaty Table and the people who have used it from politicians and foreign dignitaries to kids who lived in the White House.
Trounstine explains how she came to write “Fingerprints on the Table”:
This story began for me with an Associated Press newspaper article in 1998. “There were cheers and shouts and handshakes in the East Room as the leaders signed the agreement on a walnut conference table used for historic occasions, beginning with the signing of the peace accord ending the Spanish American War in 1898.”
There, in the photograph, was President Bill Clinton with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, Jordan’s King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signing an agreement.
Imagine, a table that eight presidents – both Republicans and Democrats – had used for a specific purpose – to sign treaties designed to bring peace. Imagine, a treasure in the White House that had been passed down from generation to generation. Imagine, if this table could talk, what stories it could tell.
I traced this beautiful hunk of walnut carved into a table made for a president back to when it was purchased for $465 from a New York furniture manufacturer known for its high-quality product uniquely designed for each commission.
This table…the Treaty Table…has been an eye-witness to history since our country began healing after a bloody Civil War. The table built by immigrants who came our shores with dreams of a better life has touched hearts and recorded fingerprints.
This table today is as strong and resilient as the United States itself.
A native of Delphos, Ohio, Trounstine graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She worked as an editorial assistant at Writer’s Market, an annual resource publication for freelance writers.
She then joined the staff of The Kentucky Post, a Scripps Howard newspaper. As a reporter, she covered local and state education; county and state government. She also is the author of books “The Worst Christmas Ever” and “The Phantom Five.” She spends her free time fly fishing in Montana and golfing. She lives in Cincinnati.
Trounstine will have a public event at Fremont City Schools during the film festival and also visit elementary schools in the district during the school day.