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A compilation of historical photos and detailed information about Keweenaw County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula Copper Country. Read more

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A compilation of historical photos and detailed information about Keweenaw County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula Copper Country.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Images of America: Keweenaw County will be a pictorial history of Keweenaw County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The area is a huge draw for summer residents and visitors due to its unique location at the very tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula and all the activities available year-round. Other publications about the Keweenaw tend to be more mining-centric, glossing over history like original Native American ties, military forts, the Lake Superior coast, farming and the resiliency of the immigrants who populated the area. This book will cover it all. Keweenaw County has so much more to offer than just mining history and Copper Country lore. This book will bring to life the unearthed part of the community and show the area in a new light with the images and text throughout the book.

Keweenaw County is contracted for publication through Arcadia Publishing. It will be a high-quality, 128-page book, containing 240 images and 18,000 words. A similar book for the U.P. can be found here.

WHY I NEED YOU

Many images for the book are in multiple historical collections that charge licensing fees - often more than $25 per image. Although the book is contracted with Arcadia Publishing (a FABULOUS publisher!), these fees are the author's responsibility. The money contributed to the campaign will be used to directly fund these fees, as well as cover transportation and lodging costs during research trips. Here's the breakdown:

  • $2,000 will go to image licensing fees.
  • $1,500 will go to covering fuel for the 800-mile round trip to research and about a week of lodging.

RELEASE DATE

The book's publication date is expected to be in March, 2014.

ABOUT ARCADIA PUBLISHING

According to Arcadia's website, "Arcadia Publishing is the leading local history publisher in the United States, with a catalog of more than 8,000 titles in print and hundreds of new titles released every year. Arcadia Publishing is best known for its iconic Images of America series, which chronicles the history of small towns and downtowns across the country. Captured in unique pictorial format, small slices of hometown history detail the often forgotten aspects of American life. With more than two hundred vintage images, each title celebrates a town or region, bringing to life the people, places, and events that define the community. Arcadia also publishes other series: Images of Rail, Images of Aviation, Images of Sports, Images of Baseball, Postcard History, Campus History, Corporate History, and Then & Now. A new imprint, Legendary Locals, launched in 2011."

Risks and challenges

No trouble is expected with the release of this book, as it's production is under contract with Arcadia Publishing, the foremost publisher of local history books in the world.

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