Sister Maus Book Series, written and illustrated by Dr. John Hutton
Dr. John Hutton, who teaches art at Salem College, toured the Single Sisters House and upon seeing a mouse hole in the downstairs central hallway, began his imaginative project of creating three outstanding picture books with watercolors and historically-based stories. The illustrations are authentic and depict items that have archival counterparts.
Dr. Hutton donated his work to Salem College to help raise money for the restoration and maintenance of the Single Sisters House. With the additional donation of graphic art, contributed by Carrie Pritchard Dickey C’00, a former student of Dr. Hutton’s, the books became realities. A Winston-Salem Moravian and philanthropist, Charlie Hemrick, provided resources for printing and binding the books from the Sam N. Carter and Pauline Carter Fund of the Winston-Salem Foundation.
The first book in the series, Sister Maus – A Small Tale of Sisters House in Salem, is a charming tale set in the historic 1785 Single Sisters House at Salem Academy and College on Salem Square. A story of sharing, mutual respect and gratitude, the book's watercolors and drawings capture the perspective of a tiny mouse living and working with the unmarried women and girls in the 1785 Moravian congregation town.
The second book in the series, Christmas Maus – Another Small Tale of Sisters House in Salem, features Moravian Christma traditions in abundance. Monica Young and Hannah McCrae Young, book reviewers for the Winston-Salem Journal, maintain that “Every local household should own a copy and give one away each holiday as a gift. Not only is it a delightful tale, but it belongs to all of us who cherish having Old Salem nearby.”
Treat yourself to a marvelous story book, the third in a series, Easter Maus – A Third Small Tale of Sisters House in Salem. Sister Maus lives in the Single Sisters House in the Salem of 1785, Easter Maus features a Salem potter, Brother Peter and his family, including daughter Nan, who live in the country near Bethabara. Sister Maus meets her country mice cousins and enjoys visiting with them in their home in a spacious barn. She joins a Moravian band and learns to play the trumpet, just in time to participate in the Eater Sunrise celebrations from Bethabara to Salem. A delightful tale illustrated with original watercolors, Easter Maus brings together the best of the artist's imagination and historical accuracy. The Author's Notes included in each Sister Maus book contains valuable information for adults and children.
The fourth book in the series is Flowers for Mr. President, which follows the adventures of Sister Maus and her friend, Emma, a student in the Girls School. The pair meet President George Washington when he comes to Salem to give speeches and visit the Sisters House.