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Yankee Peddler Bookshop celebrates 40 Years

The Yankee Peddler Bookstore celebrated its 40th anniversary Friday and was recognized by city officials.

Bret Garwood, the city’s Neighborhood and Business Development acting commissioner and City Council Vice President Elaine Spaull honored owners Douglas and Martha Westerberg and manager John Westerberg for providing a unique and long-term business presence in Greater Rochester.

The Yankee Peddler Bookshop, at 274 N. Goodman St. in Village Gate, buys, sells, appraises and repairs books, prints, photographica and paintings.

Originally started in 1970 in Pultneyville by John Westerberg, Yankee Peddler existed in many locations before settling at Village Gate in 1985, attracted by the array of shops in the urban mall. Yankee Peddler Bookshop has one full-time and six part-time employees.

Among its distinctions, the store’s first customer was Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Ashbury. Additionally, John Westerberg has appraised Dwight Eisenhower’s personal library, discovered the largest cache of Frederick Douglass newspapers (under an attic floorboard), engaged in correspondence with Ronald Reagan and purchased and handled the sale of FDR’s Warm Springs, Ga. photos, papers and personal possessions.