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Love Boston, history, architecture, pop ups? Then The Freedom Trail® Pop Up Book - the 1st ever pop up of Boston - is for you!
Love Boston, history, architecture, pop ups? Then The Freedom Trail® Pop Up Book - the 1st ever pop up of Boston - is for you!
Love Boston, history, architecture, pop ups? Then The Freedom Trail® Pop Up Book - the 1st ever pop up of Boston - is for you!
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The Freedom Trail® is a 2.5 mile footpath running through Boston, Massachusetts, that highlights 16 nationally significant historic sites that tell the story of the American Revolution and attracts more than 4 million tourists annually.

Through this book I have engineered and brightly illustrated each of these historic sites so that they pop off the page. The first of its kind, this completely original pop up book includes 16 architecturally accurate pop ups, profiles of each of the five historic weathervanes along the trail and written history about landmarks like The U.S.S. Constitution and the Old South Meeting House.

The time has come to print and publish the book and this is where I need your help!

I plan on self-publishing the book and distributing it through boutiques, bookstores, and gift shops along the trail and throughout Massachusetts. The $52,500 goal will fund a limited run of 5,000 books and cover the cost of printing, production, and shipping. 

U.S.S. Constitution - Charlestown, MA
U.S.S. Constitution - Charlestown, MA

The Backstory of Boston's First Pop Up Book 

A little over four years ago I traveled to Boston and was excited to walk The Freedom Trail® for the first time.  I became fascinated with Boston’s history, beauty, and the dedication the city has shown in preserving its monuments and landmarks.  Toward the end of my trip I searched for a Freedom Trail® pop up book to bring home to add to my collection of souvenir pop up books.  When I couldn’t find one, I searched for any Boston pop up book.  To my disappointment I found that there were no popup books about Boston at all (only one of Fenway Park, out of print)! So I began to create one.

With encouragement from The Freedom Trail® Foundation and permission to use their medallion and trademark, I developed a succinct written history about the trail and its landmarks and created full color illustrations and architecturally accurate pop ups. The book is truly a one of a kind memento perfect for history lovers, educators, art enthusiasts, and of course, children.

Massachusetts State House - Boston, MA
Massachusetts State House - Boston, MA

What's in the book?

There are 16 pop ups in the book as well as a selection of movable pieces and full color illustrations. All painstakingly detailed to echo the architectural splendor of the historically significant buildings of Boston.

They include:

  • Detail pop ups of a full color rendering of The Freedom Trail® Foundation Medallion and the Frog Pond building on Boston Common
  • Fully three dimensional, two page pop ups of The Massachusetts State House, Old State House, U.S.S. Constitution, King's Chapel, Old North Church steeple and Faneuil Hall
  • Old Corner Bookstore Illustration with moveable sign 1717 to 1826
  • A pop up of my artistic interpretation of Paul Revere's [actually Henry Pelam's] etching of the Boston Massacre 
  • And more!
  • What's Next?

    If I am funded, I will be able to obtain the final color dummy book from the assembly house. After any edits are completed, the book will go to press. Once printed, the book will be hand assembled, piece by piece, and glued together. When the inside is complete, it will be mounted into the hard cover binding, boxed and shipped to Boston. Then, after the Kickstarter Rewards are sent I will work to distribute and promote the book. With the help of The Freedom Trail® Foundation, their five approved stores for merchandise purchase, the famous Cheers Bar & Restaurant and other local shops that express interest in carrying the book for sale The Freedom Trail® Pop Up book will be available to the public. 

    Faneuil Hall - Boston, MA
    Faneuil Hall - Boston, MA

     We have had some requests to see the weathervane card.  Here it is!  (Of course, your cards won't have the watermark on them :-)

    Weathervane Folding Card Sample
    Weathervane Folding Card Sample

Risks and challenges

This campaign will fund printing, production, and shipping for a limited run of 5,000 copies of this historic book.

The greatest challenge for me was engineering and illustrating the book, then sourcing the best place to manufacture it. Now, that is all done and all that is left is the printing.

But, creating a pop up book is costly! They are all hand produced and assembled and are considered risky investments by traditional publishers at such a small run and limited geographic scope. One of the benefits of crowdfunding this project is that I will be able to make the book available to the general public by removing the risk associated with making one large investment.

As with all projects, setbacks occur every now and then. I will do my best to send your chosen reward to you at the estimated time, but can't promise it will arrive right on time. If there are delays in production we will promptly inform you.

This book represents four years of research, engineering, illustration, and love and I hope to include you in the publication and success of Boston's first pop-up book!

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    Thank you for your pledge! See your name on our contributors’ page on thepopupbook.com
    and receive personal shout-outs through our Facebook feed and Twitter account (send us a message with your Twitter handle for a tag!) We'll also drop a handwritten postcard in the mail!

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    NOTECARDS: See your name on our website’s contributors’ page, receive a pack of limited edition folded cards (10 cards and 10 envelopes) featuring illustrations of the five historic weathervanes shimmering on a sky blue background, all located on The Freedom Trail®. The illustrations are original artwork created for the book! We’ll even include a handwritten thank you note to let you know how much we appreciate you.

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    PRE-ORDER YOUR BOOK! Receive your name on our contributors’ page and expect your very own copy of the pop up book signed (only if you want) and shipped directly to you!

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    PRE-ORDERING MULTIPLE BOOKS? Please make your pledge for the total cost of all the books you are pre-ordering and choose this reward. (i.e. if you'd like 2 books pledge $90, 3 books $135 etc..) We'll be sure to check in about the number of books at the end of the campaign.

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    GIVE THE BOOK AS A GIFT! See your name or your gift recipient’s name on our contributors’ page and we will beautifully wrap a copy of the pop up book and inscribe it (only if you want). I can tell you the gift wrap will be so patriotically spectacular they won’t even want to unwrap it! We will then ship it directly to you or your recipient and enclose a handwritten note with your message.

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    LIMITED EDITION GICLEE + BOOK! As well as being featured on our contributors’ page and receiving a signed copy of the book, you will receive an unframed Limited Edition giclee of The Historic Weathervanes of The Freedom Trail®. Available only as a Kickstarter reward, the glicee is tastefully sized for framing in an 8"x10" standard frame.

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    RETAILER BOOK PACKAGE for local, independent book stores, shops, and gift stores. Your store will be featured on our contributors’ page and WHERE TO BUY page. You will schedule with me, directly, to have a book signing at your store. We’ll help you promote your book event through our social media. You will receive a wholesale package of books (contact me for further details before purchasing.) Boston and surrounding area within 50 miles only, please.

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    BOOK, CARDS, TOUR - We will feature you on our contributors’ page and send you 1 signed book as well as the Limited Edition weathervane notecard set of 10. You’ll also receive 6 tickets for a guided Freedom Trail® Foundation tour for your use OR a copy of the Middlesex County Volunteer Fife & Drum Corps “In America” recording.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES AT OLD NORTH CHURCH! One of the historic stops along The Freedom Trail®, you’ll receive a behind the scenes tour for four (4) of the, rarely viewed by the general public, tour of Old North Church. Sit in the pews and walk the belfry to see how the bells chime and walk the catacombs to see parts of the church not generally open to the public. As if that isn’t amazing enough, You will then taste the sweeter side of the Revolution! Touch, taste, smell, and experience 18th-century chocolate as it was enjoyed by some of Boston’s most famous Revolutionary-era patriots. Costumed interpreters discuss the way colonial Americans prepared and consumed chocolate. Discover where chocolate comes from and how it is made. And after you have learned all there is to know about chocolate, you get a delicious drink enjoyed by John and Abigail Adams. Depart Old North Church with contentment knowing you saw it all. Of course you can also expect that we’ll add your name to our contributors’ page and send you 1 signed book as well as the limited edition weathervane notecards, and an unframed Limited Edition giclee of The Historic Weathervanes of The Freedom Trail®.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES AT KING'S CHAPEL! One of the historic stops along The Freedom Trail®, you’ll receive a behind the scenes tour for four (4) of the, rarely viewed by the general public, tour of King’s Chapel and King’s Chapel Burying Ground. Tour King's Chapel's Crypt and climb the tower to see the Paul Revere Bell on this exclusive behind the scenes tour! This is the ONLY tour in Boston where you can see both the INSIDE of a 200-year-old crypt vault AND the largest and last bell Paul Revere ever made (weighing in at 2,437 pounds)! Of course you can also expect that we’ll add your name to our contributors’ page and send you 1 signed book as well as the limited edition weathervane notecards, and an unframed Limited Edition giclee of The Historic Weathervanes of The Freedom Trail®

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    1 YEAR FAMILY MEMBERSHIP AT OLD SOUTH MEETING HOUSE! Your membership (for up to two adults and two children) includes: admission to Old South Meeting House, open daily year round. Invitations to special members-only events and behind-the-scenes tours. A subscription to the award-winning newsletter, The Dial, and much more (visit osmh.org for information) Of course you can also expect that we’ll add your name to our contributors’ page and send you 1 signed book as well as the limited edition weathervane notecards, and an unframed Limited Edition giclee of The Historic Weathervanes of The Freedom Trail®.

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    What an amazing contribution! You’ll be named as a publishing contributor on our website and receive 2 signed books, and 1 FRAMED (11"x13") Limited Edition giclee of The Historic Weathervanes of The Freedom Trail®! We’d also love to meet you in person and will set up a private Freedom Trail® Foundation tour with the author and up to 6 others -OR- your choice of a behind the scenes tour or Old South Meeting House Membership.

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    We are indebted to you! Your name or business name will be featured on our website and on the Title Page of the published book as a Sponsor. You’ll also receive 5 copies of the book, 1 framed Limited Edition giclee of The Historic Weathervanes of The Freedom Trail®, 2 sets of limited edition weathervane cards, and a day and night in Boston at the historic Fairmont Park Plaza Hotel for up to 4 including a private Freedom Trail® Foundation Tour of all 16 historic sites -OR- a behind the scenes tour of your choice for eight (8). Finally, enjoy dinner with the author and up to 8 guests at the historic Union Oyster House.

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    You love BOSTON as much as we do, thank you! Your name or business name and LOGO will be featured on our website and on the Title Page of the published book as a Sponsor as well as featured at every book signing I attend.

    You’ll also receive 10 copies of the book for your business or gifts. You'll also recieve 3 packs of the limited edition weathervane cards, and a large framed Limited Edition giclee of The Historic Weathervanes of The Freedom Trail®! Perfect to hang in your office of conference room- Final framed size will be approximately 14" x 17".

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