Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, Executive Director, New Haven Museum 

203-562-4183, ext. 120,

Julie Winkel, Media Specialist, 



The Ladybug Who Lived on a Four Leaf Clover:

Book Reading at Pardee-Morris House

New Haven, Conn. (July 1, 2024)— Wallingford resident Emily Franke always had a passion for taking care of others, and a dream of making a difference in the world. When she lost her grandmother in 2021, she turned her grief into a message of hope for others, creating her book, “The Ladybug Who Lived on a Four Leaf Clover.” The New Haven Museum will host Franke for a reading of her book at the Pardee-Morris House on Sunday, August 18, 2024, at 2 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring chairs or blankets, and to tour the historic house from 12-4 p.m. Free registration here. For weather updates check FB/IG,, or call 203-562-4183.

“My grandmother, Sheila, was the sunshine and joy in my life,” Franke says. “When she passed, I knew this was my moment to help inspire those who needed a reminder of hope after loss.” “The Ladybug Who Lived on a Four Leaf Clover” shares a message that our loved ones are always with us, according to Franke. In the story, a girl named Emily loses her grandmother, but realizes she comes back to visit her as a magical ladybug. Sheila, the ladybug, reminds Emily that her grandmother is always with her.  

In addition to her book reading, Franke will share her journey as a first-time author. She will discuss her source of inspiration, lead a fun Q&A with visitors, and share the steps she took to become published and marketing tips she’s learned along the way 

New Haven Museum thanks its community partners: WSHU 91.1 FM, The Howard Gilman Foundation, Avangrid/UI Lighting Up the Arts, CT Humanities, and Alder Salvatore E. DeCola for supporting the 2024 summer season.

About the Pardee-Morris House

Located at 325 Lighthouse Road, in New Haven, the Pardee-Morris House dates from about 1780, and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Built by Amos Morris around 1750, the house was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779 and rebuilt and expanded by the Morris family. In 1918, William Pardee, adescendant of the Morris   family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, today the New HavenMuseum. For a complete list of summer events at the Pardee-Morris House, visit: For New Haven Museum’s event calendar: Sign up for e-blasts at

About the New Haven Museum

The New Haven Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven since its inception as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862. Located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue, the Museum brings more than 375 years of New Haven history to life through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and outreach. As a designated Blue Star Museum, the New Haven Museum offers the nation’sactive- duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, free admission  from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit, @NewHavenMuseum, or call 203-562-4183.


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