• Woodward Conference Center (map)
  • 3401 Centennial Lane
  • Woodward, Oklahoma
  • United States

Kaci Cronkhite, Oklahoma born author and around-the-world sailor presents Finding Pax: the unexpected journey of a little wooden boat - with photos and the story-behind-the-story (with readings from the book!).

Born to Oklahoma pioneers and a product of generations of storytellers, Kaci grew up on the historic Cronkhite Ranch near Roman Nose State Park, 8 miles north of Watonga. After college in Tulsa, she set off on two decades' adventure that included nearly a decade in Alaska, travel to every US state, and a world circumnavigation while teaching women to sail on oceans. She "knew better than to buy a boat."

In September, 2001, she attended the world-renowned Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival and temporarily stranded, due to the events of September 11, dropped anchor in the picturesque Victorian seaport town. 

Six years later, the curvy little 1936 Danish wooden boat named "Pax" (Latin for peace) appeared in an email and she "fell in love". What transpired over the next 7 years has been called a quest, a love story, and an international mystery. With passion and determination, Kaci not only restored the boat, she restored the lost history - finding 10 families in 3 countries. As one of the granddaughters of the builder in Denmark said, "By finding her story, you've given us ours."

As non-fiction authors and book lovers know - there's no greater accolade. And, no better way to celebrate National Library Month and the legacy of story. 

For more information and to RSVP by April 6th, 2017, contact Cindy Coclasure at the Woodward Public Library: 580-254-8544.