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Steamboat author visits final Craig Farmers Market

Dagny McKinley signs copies of her new book about the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp located in Steamboat Springs.

Among the people peddling their wares at the last farmer's market of the summer was one of the Yampa Valley's local authors.

"Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp: A History of Art in Nature" is a new book by Steamboat Springs resident and author Dagny McKinley.

McKinley has lived in Steamboat Springs for twelve years, where her writings and research have focused on local histories as well as fiction set in nature.

The inspiration for the book about the performing arts center began when McKinley saw an image of Portia Mansfield and Charlotte Perry dancing. The women appeared to be filled with such joy she felt pulled to find out more about them. Four years and hundreds of pages of research later, the book was written.

It's the second book that McKinley has written about Steamboat Springs history. Her first, "Springs of Steamboat: Healing Waters, Mysterious Caves and Sparkling Soda" tells the story of the how the area geothermal features have been used by people both past and present.

McKinley has also written two children's books.

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Arcadia Publishing and Downtown Books of Craig organized her Craig book signing.

"We support local and regional authors as much as we can. We encourage them to come to Craig for a book signing at the store or one of our community events," said bookstore owner Liane Davis-Kling.

Although the Craig Farmers Market season has ended, copies of MicKinley's book are still available at Downtown Books in Craig.