Sept. 29, 2018
Kristina Smith
Marketing committee chairman
American Presidents Film & Literary Festival
Fremont, OH 43420
800-998-7737, ext. 217

FREMONT – A children’s author will visit with families and present awards during a free family night and dinner on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Fremont Middle School during the American Presidents Film & Literary Festival.

Connie Trounstine, author of “Fingerprints on the Table,” a children’s book about the White House Treaty Table, will speak and present student film awards from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Dinner and activities for families are included with the event sponsored by First National Bank of Bellevue

Trounstine, of Cincinnati, was inspired to write “Fingerprints on the Table” after reading a 1998 Associated Press newspaper article.

The article detailed an agreement that President Bill Clinton, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, Jordan’s King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed on the White House Treaty Table in the East Room.

Over the years, eight presidents, Republican and Democratic, have signed treaties on this table. What stories could the table tell?

“This table…the Treaty Table…has been an eyewitness to history since our country began healing after a bloody Civil War,” Trounstine said. “The table built by immigrants who came to 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 is a former newspaper reporter. 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.

For a full schedule of film and literary festival events and to purchase tickets, visit Like the film festival on Facebook at @ampresfilmlit.

The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is committed to providing a place for expanded national and international understanding of the history and current events that have and continue to shape and influence the President of the United States. Utilizing the site and community of America’s first presidential library and museum, filmmakers, film professionals and authors will inspire audiences to explore, understand, critique and analyze the people, places, politics and power surrounding the American Presidency.

It is organized by the Liberty and Learning Foundation, Fremont City Schools, Birchard Public Library, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and Downtown Fremont.