The Seckatary Hawkins Fair & Square Club
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NEW! World Premiere!
Covington's Behringer/Crawford Museum is ALL Abuzz About Books!
Now you can own the same two books that make up the last two pages of To Kill a Mockingbird.
You can order these books from the following stores:
February 3, 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of Seckatary Hawkins in print. Since the Fair & Square Club reformed on the internet in 1998, many club members have expressed a desire to see Seckatary Hawkins books more affordable and readily available to the public - and particularly for children.
When I first set up this website in 1998 I was hoping to recreate some nationwide interest in the Seckatary Hawkins Fair & Square Club. I found quite a few readers who shared my enthusiasm, and we have signed up over 2700 members since then. Working with these very enthusiastic and wonderful club members, we have held 4 big, national club meetings and have reprinted all Grandpa’s books, among other things. We even made other Seckatary sequel stories that appeared in nationwide newspapers into books. Now, with the University of Kentucky’s adoption of the two books that Harper Lee loved as a child, we are about to reach a larger national audience for The Seckatary once again. Below is the announcement page of The University of Kentucky which was first announced 3/19/16 at the Northern Kentucky University’s History Day in Covington.
Club VP, Diane Schneider, has been working with organizations that help preserve Kentucky authors' works, and arranged for the University of Kentucky to take an interest in Seckatary books. Stoner’s Boy and The Gray Ghost are two books the University of Kentucky will soon promote and print in large quantities. Pre-orders for books are available on Amazon.com now, for an October (2016) ship date. Search Amazon for Seckatary Hawkins to see the books and kindle applications available. Here is a link: BOOKS
These are the same 2 books Harper Lee loved above all others as a child. You can read about Seckatary Hawkins in the last pages of To Kill a Mockingbird.
For the month of March, 2017, the Powhatan, Virginia Public Library had this display in a glass wall display at the library entrance.
Reported to be one of the most popular Powhatan library displays, it featured items and letters from Harper Lee and Seckatary Hawkins to show the influence the Stoner's Boy and The Gray Ghost books by Seckatary Hawkins stories had on Harper Lee, the author of Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Newspaper article on the library meeting can be viewed at - http://www.richmond.com/local-man-to-speak-on-connection-with-grandfather-famous-author/article_873e1e8c-0e84-11e7-b8b9-ff4822fe893d.html
A day-long seminar was held at the library meeting room on March 25, 2017 with a lot more Harper Lee and Seckatary Hawkins items and a large PowerPoint presentation. Most visitors were surprised / astounded to see the last two pages of TKAM - a book some had read numerous times without realizing Seckatary Hawkins was even mentioned. As we Fair & Square Club members well know, the moral of the TKAM story was first stimulated in Harper Lee when she snuck out with her big brother's Seckatary books and read them over and over. Harper Lee once wrote several times to me that "Stoner's Boy and The Gray Ghost were her favorites. Here is one example that you can see in the library display above if you look closely.
If you would like to see Harper's letters and signed books, come to the 100 year anniversary club meeting in Covington, KY June 17, 2018 and browse through so many items in the Behringer/ Crawford Museum in Devou Park. Joining the club is free, and nothing required for you to buy. Just be fair and square.
Down on the old Riverbank....
Welcome to the Seckatary Hawkins Club webpages. We are here for you!
My grandfather, Robert Franc Schulkers, wrote children's mystery-adventure novels in the 1920's and 1930's. These wholesome, good-clean-fun adventures for boys (and girls too) centered around their small-town Kentucky riverbank clubhouse were read and loved by millions of boys and girls in the early 1900’s. The stories were designed to inspire values of Family; Citizenship; Christian Ethics and Morality - while gradually building strong attributes of Self-Confidence; a Can-Do attitude; and a strength of a Fair and Square character that also helps defeat bullying. These stories silently related good things that youngsters should aspire to in a way they could understand encapsulated within a believable and exciting adventure. Children were shown a world where they too could succeed as well as anyone if they used good judgment and acted Fair & Square. The message that any boy or girl has an equal chance to excel and to do good, wholesome things if they have faith in themselves and never give up, is woven into each story. Indeed, an unlikely main hero of the stories is a really fat boy with a cowlick! As the Fair & Square Clubs spread throughout America into the 1930's, millions of Fair & Square Club members celebrated those good attributes and the adventure stories much in the same way kids follow and respect high adventure / super-hero movies and video games of today. Grandpa published his stories in serial fashion, weekly in newspaper stories, comics, and club news pages all over the country from 1918 until about 1949. National NBC radio shows were broadcast nationwide. Seckatary Hawkins Adventure stories started radio "plays" in 1922 and is known as the very first children's stories broadcast over radio. Robert F. Schulkers published 11 books of these serialized stories by 1932. Very rare original first editions became quite expensive and hard to find in any condition; so the club has embarked upon a volunteer club project to get club members all the book titles at affordable prices.
Club Members reinstated the F&S Club via the internet in 1998 with the inauguration of Seckatary Hawkins Web Site as a not-for-profit enterprise. There is a small, active core group, although many, many others have signed up just to be occasionally active members. Those active members utilize the Club Group email list-service to share info about the stories and the author, tell their own related stories, and answer and ask questions related to Seckatary Hawkins. It is free to join the Club, No dues are ever asked to be paid nor anything required that club members ever need to spend money on. There are big Club Meetings in Covington, KY, every 2 years or so; but nothing you are obliged to attend regularly except online as you feel like participating. Many just read the emails when they get time. You are invited to become a member too. Why not fill in the short form on the website today and have your children, nieces and nephews join up with you? It is a good cause that you will feel good about.
With the added attention to controlling bullying these days, it may be of interest to know that this very popular children’s adventure series always emphasizes helping those less fortunate. Seckatary Hawkins is a likeable and smart young boy who projects a very good example for children of today – especially those who may be ridiculed or bullied for being slightly different. Stories that develop around similar bullying situations may just provide the reader with workable solutions for current situations of his / her own. It would be a good thing if more children would read stories such as these that silently convey strong messages of confidence and character building ideas while honestly entertaining the reader.
The hero himself is a prime target for bullying and teasing since he is a fat boy. But his stick-to-it-iveness and “winner never quits” attitude of fair play for all allows him to illustrate how every child, no matter fat or skinny, rich or poor, smart or not, pretty or not, in with the in-crowd or not, can excel and get things done the fair and square way.
These stories also show the benefits of camaraderie with like-minded boys and girls who will band together to get things done the right way. Allegiances and friendship growing techniques are gradually ingrained as these stories progress.
One of our most respected contemporary authors – Harper Lee – used Seckatary Hawkins’ teachings and principles to illustrate the theme and moral lesson of her own novel – To Kill A Mockingbird - with one result of helping her story to win a Pulitzer Prize. Seck never won a Pulitzer, but I bet he would have come closer had he still been publishing in 1960 when TKAM got the loving attention of the world for expressing identical principles. Without Seckatary Hawkins in Harper Lee’s life, would she have been the same person? Would she have been able to conceptualize as well the lesson and moral she wanted to convey to the world of readers without using Stoner’s Boy and the Gray Ghost examples?
Allow yourself or your child, or any child you love, the pleasant opportunity to identify with a Seckatary Hawkins story and see what happens. You will be glad you did.
Seckatary Hawkins exhibits are now on display in permanent and rotating exhibits at The Behringer-Crawford Museum - located very near the old Seckatary riverbank clubhouse location on the Licking River. There are comprehensive displays and information about riverboats, trains, and transportation of the past which fits right in with the Fair & Square Club and the adventure stories of Seckatary Hawkins. There are panoramic views of the Ohio River, Cincinnati and Covington, as well as nature trails focusing on Northern Kentucky’s natural heritage. Additionally, the museum is the steward for Civil War sites located in Devou Park, and is included on the Civil War Discovery Trail. We encourage Club Members and friends to become members of this wonderful museum to help them continue the great community and Northern Kentucky history work they do. You will have a good time when you visit them. Museum is located at 1600 Montague Rd - Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky. (Website is http://www.bcmuseum.org/). Phone (859) 491-4003.
Tell them Seck sent you, Fair & Square!
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Here is a link to a wonderful new website called LMK, the newest interactive Web site for teens from the Girl Scouts of America and Windows.
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