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This is an artful, 12x12", 128-page, photographic record of the few remaining cottages on Lake Mendota, Madison's largest lake.
105 backers pledged $10,071 to help bring this project to life.


Posted by Jeff Strahl (Creator)

The books have arrived, and we've spent the last week signing, packing, shipping and hand delivering over 150 books to our kickstarter backers, as well as all of the Madison, Middleton and Waunakee Public Libraries, the Middleton Area Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society and the Kohler Art Library at the Chazen Museum of Art. This past week has been exhausting, but incredibly rewarding to finally, after three years in production, be able to share the book with you all. Thank you again for making it possible, and I owe a special debt of gratitude to my wife Sarah and my mom Jacque who've provided more support than I ever could have imagined. 

If you are expecting a book and have yet to receive one, it should be coming in the mail next week, or I will be contacting you to schedule a drop off. 

Enjoy the book, and Happy Holidays from Spring Harbor Press!


If you are interested in our progress or would like to share your own lake cottage stories and photos, visit us on our facebook page,

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    1. Jeff Strahl Creator on

      Thanks Wally, yes, the addresses would have been great to include, but the vast majority of home owners were not comfortable with me publishing their address for reasons of privacy, and I wanted to respect their wishes. But that may be part of the fun of the book, trying to find all of the cottages that are still standing. Happy Holidays!

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      wally coombs on

      Would be helpful to have addresses and organization of location - Otherwise nice pictures and book.