Free Program: “The Illustrated History of the Snowman" at the Stroud Mansion

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Monroe County Historical Association

Go Collaborative, in partnership with the Monroe County Historical Association, is pleased to announce a free presentation open to the public. Bob Eckstein, award-winning illustrator, writer, and New Yorker cartoonist will give a presentation based on his work, “The Illustrated History of the Snowman.”  The program will be Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm the Stroud Mansion, 900 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. (Snow Date is Friday, February 8th.) Books will be available for purchase with the author signing copies following the event. This event coincides with Go Collaborative’s “Snowmen of Stroudsburg” community initiative to promote artists and businesses during the winter season. 

The snowman is not just part of our childhood memories, but is an integral part of our world culture, appearing alongside dignitaries and celebrities during momentous events. Again and again, the snowman pops up in rare prints, paintings, early movies, advertising and, over the past century, in every art form imaginable. And the jolly snowman -- ostensibly as pure as the driven snow -- also harbors a dark past full of political intrigue, sex, and violence.

Eckstein's curiosity began playfully enough, but soon snowballed into a (mostly) earnest quest of chasing Frosty around the world, into museums and libraries, and seeking out the advice of leading historians and scholars. With over two hundred illustrations, The Illustrated History of the Snowman is a truly original winter classic -- smart, surprisingly enlightening, and quite simply the coolest book ever.

Bob Ecksteinis an award-winning illustrator, writer, New Yorker cartoonist, snowman expert, and author of the New York Times bestselling “Footnotes from the Greatest Bookstores” and “The History of the Snowman.” His cartoons, OpEds, and short stories appear regularly in the New York Times, New York Daily News, MAD magazine, Readers Digest, among many others. He was a columnist for the Village Voice, New York Newsday, and Time Out New York and has been interviewed in over 100 TV, radio and magazine spots including Good Morning America and People magazine.

This special program is free, but reservations are required due to limited space. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation will be held on the 2nd floor of the Stroud Mansion, which is not handicap-accessible. For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact the Monroe County Historical Association office at (570) 421-7703 or email at


Stroud Mansion
900 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

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