STRETCH GOAL to $1,500 announced! With 30 days to go let's make it to $1,500 to more completely fund this project. This includes the author's desire to have a limited edition of hardback copies of her book, and adding an Appendix of carte-de-visite photographs done by William Sawtell, a Wellington photographer, that are in her personal collection.
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What was it like to live in northeast Ohio in the 19th century? To be an emancipated slave, walking hundreds of miles through mountains and forests in the hope of starting over? Or a passenger on a Great Lakes steam ship, drenched and seasick in stormy weather? A doctor visiting a sick patient by horse and buggy in the middle of the night? Or an editor of a local newspaper, writing and hand setting lead type for the next week's edition?
Can you now imagine that all of these individuals were women?
Fully Equal to the Situation: Nineteenth-Century Women of Wellington, Ohio by Nicole M. Hayes reclaims the stories of a dozen women who all lived and labored in the rural village of Wellington, which was founded in 1818.
Pioneers, cross-country travelers, social reformers, educators, entrepreneurs, and wage earners - their narratives span decades of sweeping change, from the colonial era to World War I. Painstakingly researched, each of the eight chapters presents an intimate portrait that is at once personal biography and American history.
Nicole M. Hayes has a master's degree in American history from The College of William & Mary, and has worked at Harvard University, Colonial Williamsburg, and Plimoth Plantation (in Plymouth, Massachusetts) among others. She has written a popular blog about 19th-century Wellington, Ohio history for the last four years.
Railway Station Press is a small nonfiction book publisher based in Alexandria, Virginia. The Publisher and creator of this project is Stuart Bradley.
Risks and challenges
As Railway Station Press we have done one book successfully through Kickstarter funding. That was The 1907 Autobiography of Henry Martin Bradley, my great-great-grandfather.
The manuscript of 19th century women of Wellington, Ohio has been written by Nicole M. Hayes, and after some editing, will be turned into a book in InDesign, with photographs and maps, converted into a PDF file, and printed by The Book Patch in Arizona.
We are in good shape to be able to do a second book, but we need your help with the cost of printing the book. So I believe the risks are minimal. We are confident that this book is an important addition to Women's History, Black History, and Local History, and tells some very interesting, well researched stories.
Stuart Bradley - Publisher
Nicole Hayes - Author
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