Elizabeth Jacks Scott

ST. GEORGE — Elizabeth Jacks Scott, a lifelong summer resident of Tenants Harbor, will give a talk about her newly published book “Journey to Safe Harbor: Memoir of Three Generations” at the Eleanor Jackson Memorial Library, 71 Main St., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m.

In 1975, the author was a young matron from New York with a husband and two small children when her father gifted her the Sail Loft Building on the shore in Tenants Harbor. The building was filled with generations of memories and history — a jumble of contradictory, conflictual, tragic, and happy memories of her recently deceased mother and her family. Could struggling with this gift and burden unlock the mysteries between her mother and herself? Would her findings help her become a better parent to her own young children?

The author’s narrative draws from her great, great grandfather’s 19th century shipbuilding records found in the old Sail Loft Building; her grandmother Elizabeth Bickmore Long’s letters from India to her mother in Tenants Harbor written between from 1894 to 1922; an oral history she recorded from father, Judge Robert L. Hunter of Chicago; and her own recollections and experiences. The two-part narrative interweaves the lives of three generations of family members over three generations and travels from Tenants Harbor, to India, to Chicago and back again. It narrates a journey of both fragmentation and healing, followed by love and reconnection. Ultimately Tenants Harbor represents the binding thread of the memoir leading to the seaside garden yielding sweet blueberries for the next generations to pick.

Scott has taught American and world history for five years, practiced psychotherapy and family therapy in New York City for more than two decades, and has run grief groups at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City for seven years. She is an ordained interfaith minister and a clinical social worker who currently works with families with estranged adult children. She lives with her husband in New York and in Tenants Harbor. Combined with her husband, they have four children and eight grandchildren.

If you are interested in participating or would like to attend via Zoom, reach out to the library via administrator@jacksonmemoriallibrary.org or (207) 372-8961.