Pat Speth Sherman, an independent scholar, grew up in Buffalo, New York on land that was at one time the Buffalo Creek Reservation. Her ancestors hail from rural central Pennsylvania. Continuing her family’s centuries-long commitment to public service, she previously served as mayor of Brookings, Oregon. Sherman is a graduate of University of Portland and Oregon State University.
Title by Pat Speth Sherman
Portrait of a 'Middling' Family, 1746–1934
Released: September 2021
Unfolding in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Missouri, and Mexico, and spanning the years between 1746 and 1934, American Tapestry is a ride through American history in the company of a family of local community leaders. The family exemplifies the type of ‘middling’ people who served on our foundational democratic institutions. Imperfect though they were, each of the family members responded to the challenges of the time—challenges that embody the universal experience of the human condition. American Tapestry explores aspects of Native American history—with a focus on the Haudenosaunee people. With elegant yet down-to-earth writing, Sherman weaves together stories of American history, family history, and Native American history.