We announced the availability of Lakeville Crucifix — A Religious War in 19th Century Connecticut, by Geoffrey Brown, a few weeks ago.
Now we have some more news!
—Lakeville Crucifix is now available in the town where the events happened! We are grateful to Johnnycake Books for offering this volume (the paperback edition) for sale in their Salisbury store, located at 12 Academy Street in Salisbury. You can visit Johnnycake Books’ website HERE for more information on when they’re open and a lot more information about their wonderful inventory of rare and collectible books.
–The paperback edition remains available on Amazon, and now there is a Kindle edition available there too. One word of warning: the Kindle edition places all the footnotes (there are more than 350 of them) at the end. For some this may be a serious inconvenience. Be forewarned!
We are also happy to announce two opportunities to learn more about the Lakeville Crucifix and the 19th century in Connecticut.
–Geoffrey Brown, the author, will be speaking about Lakeville Crucifix on February 23, 2019, at 4 PM, in the Community Room of Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury, CT. The talk is sponsored by Scoville Memorial Library and the Salisbury Association, and admission is free.
–Lakeville Crucifix will be the book of the month for the book group of Trinity Episcopal Church, Lime Rock. Learn more about that church at their website — HERE
Here’s another yearbook to add to your collection: the Laurel Wreath for 1957, from Lancaster Mennonite School in Lancaster, PA. You can find it on our Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, page — just CLICK HERE.
One of our objectives at Between the Lakes Group is to provide varity in our republishing activities. It’s our hope that by doing so we will encourage curiosity and historical investigation. This yearbook is an example of our efforts in this direction.
While most people who purchase our yearbooks are either looking for relatives or remembering their own times in high school, this yearbook, as well as addressing those needs, will hopefully provide a window into Mennonite culture – one aspect of what is popularly called “Pennsylvania Dutch” – in Pennsylvania. From our knowledge of this cultural and religious group we were a bit surprised to find that high school yearbooks were even issued! Perhaps it comes as a surprise to you, too.
There are obvious differences between this 1957 yearbook and other yearbooks we’ve published of this vintage, and the most obvious is the pervasiveness of religion in what appear to be all aspects of school life. For a religious school, that is likely not a surprise. The fact that the entire yearbook is black and white – even the cover – seems, on consideration, predictable. The senior photos, characterized by short hair for both boys and girls, modest attire (some girls wear head covering), are striking by comparison with those of other schools. The limited range of activities – the preponderance associated with religion, and the lack of sports teams, are both notable. It is a boarding school! And this is the only yearbook we have ever republished that was actually indexed!
This is a document of a fascinating cultural and religious community. We hope the Laurel Wreath for 1957 helps readers to understand it better.
Our newest book, Acronyms for Organizations, is now available in paperback and for the Kindle™ on the Amazon website.
To view it at Amazon.com, please click HERE!
You can also read more about it, and about our efforts in “real” publishing (you know — like books) and how it compliments our usual business of e-publishing, here’s the front cover!Close observers will note that we published an earlier book of initializations (or initialisms, if you prefer), acronyms, and abbreviations for organizations around four years ago, called “What Does That Stand For?” Around half the length, it was our initial experience in modern print publishing, and we learned from it. Many people spoke well of the earlier version, but it left us with the feeling that we had only skimmed the surface of what such a book really ought to contain. (You can read a little more about our own historical process HERE.)
So, we took what we had there, and began a systematic process of collecting acronyms for organizations (as well as abbreviations and initialisms, of course) for thousands of additional information. We discovered whole categories of abbreviations for organizations we had not considered — and we went into far greater depth with those we already had.
A little about the book — and it’s also available for Kindle:
Paperback edition: 562 pages, $23.99
Kindle edition: 598 pages, $13.99
(if you buy the paperback edition, you can also get the Kindle edition for a small additional charge).
In any case, please do have a look at the listing in the Amazon catalog — CLICK HERE to go directly to this listing.
We’re happy to bring you some Erie County NY material. While it was originally provided on our Erie County Directory CD-ROM, which, along with all the rest of our CDs, was discontinued, it has been unavailable long enough to qualify as “new” we think.
Without further ado, here is the “new” Erie County NY material:
The Saga yearbook for 1957 from Clarence High School in Clarence, New York.
The Gateway yearbook for 1954 for the Frontier Central School in Hamburg, New York.
The Erie County Directory for 1924. Note that this is real Erie County NY material, not Buffalo material and not Tonawanda material (neither of those cities are included in this directory. It appears they were published as separate directories shortly after this Erie County directory was published.
Some picture of antique postcards of Erie County and Buffalo. We had included these times from our collection on the CD-ROM, and we hated to see them go to waste. (You’ll see one of them below)
At any rate, all this Erie County NY material is available at a significant savings over what we charged for the CD-ROM, and you get to pay for only what you want, not everything we previously included in the CD.
Take a look at our Erie County page in any event. We now have a fair amount of material that may be of interest if Erie County history is of interest to you.
The Newton MA Blue Book for 1910 is an important piece of social history (and history of Boston “Society”) that we are delighted to bring back into our catalog. Originally published on CD-ROM, it has been unavailable since we discontinued our CD line, but now we have taken the original material from the CD and made it available as a download — at a substantial savings, by the way.
In case you wondered what communities are included in the Newton MA Blue Book for 1910, here’s the list: Thompsonville, Newton Upper Falls, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Chestnut Hill, Waban Hill, Newton, Newton Centre, Newtonville, Nonantum, West Newton, Waban, Reeds Corner, and Auburndale. Today — and doubtless in 1910 — residents frequently would say where they lived according to the small community — e.g. Waban — rather than the more inclusive Newton. In case you’re trying to correlate any of these to today’s locations, the Blue Book contains a large and detailed map of all of Newton as well.
Since the Blue Book is first and foremost a directory, it has the predictable names and addresses of the residents — with some additional touches, such as summer addresses for those who went to the ocean in the summer (a bit like the Social Register).
The ads are fascinating. You’ll find the usual trades, but you will also see ads for riding stables and private schools, as well as seating maps of the major theatres of Boston — and you’ll not find that in many other municipal directories of the era!
If this sounds interesting, you can CLICK HERE to go directly to the Newton MA Blue Book for 1910 page on our website to learn more. There we have a list of the surnames included, in case you would like to check further. We would be remiss if we failed to mention our catalog as well. Who knows what you might find there!
These downloads are all in PDF format, permitting you all the latitude you get with this format, and none of the roadblocks many downloaded books, whether free or paid, put up in the way of the user. You can print individual pages, copy selections, and save the file wherever works best for you.
At any rate, this now completes the conversion of this CD-ROM to individual downloads, so we can begin to add new Rhode Island materials to the catalog.
While the links above will take you to the former contents of the CD-ROM, you may also want to take a look at our main Rhode Island page, and at our overall catalog.
Back when our business was creating and selling local history CD-ROMs we found that people were interested in which ones were the most popular. Now that we sell downloads (with the exception of the fast-dwindling remaining inventory of a few of our CDs), we thought that people might enjoy knowing which downloads sell best. (If you’d like to view our entire catalog, you can find it HERE).
We are happy to announce the re-publication of this comprehensive 1912 History of Garland, Maine, by Lyndon Oak, as a download.
This volume, which includes a 12 page index, includes just about anything you might ever want to know about Garland from its founding until just after the Civil War. If you are interested in Penobscot County, ME, the History of Garland, Maine should be of interest to you.
To help you more easily determine whether this is of interest to you, we also have provided the index to this volume on our website (where you can also order the download).
Last month we announced that we’re retiring our CD-ROM product line so we can concentrate on downloads. This will likely be your last chance to get the CD-ROMs!
Here’s an inventory of our remaining CD-ROMs, and how many copies we still have left:
Child’s Gazetteer of Lewis County, NY — 1 left
Lime Rock: an illustrated walking tour — 2 left
Erie County directory for 1924 — 3 left
Child’s Gazetteer for Wayne County, NY — 4 left
Minisink and Port Jervis — 3 left
New Milford: 230 years — 1 left
Nevada, Missouri Directory – 1 left
History of Garland, Maine — 3 left
Suffield Quarter Millennial Plus — 2 left
New Index of Quinlan’s History of Sullivan County, NY — 1 left
Fountain County’s Activities in the World War — 2 left
Worcester Directory for 1871 — 4 left
Rhode Island volume 1 — 2 left
Genessee County Collection — 2 left
Catholic Families of Kentucky — 3 left
Blue Book of Newton. MA for 1910 — 2 left
History of Litchfield, CT — 3 left
Child’s Gazetteer of Sullivan County, NY — 3 left
Maine State Prison Report for 1907 — 4 left
Emory College Alumni Register for 1910 — 3 left
Landmarks and Memorials of Paxton, MA — 1 left
Memories of Liberty, NY volume 1 — 3 left
Middletown (CT) collection — 1 left
Memories of Liberty, NY volume 2 — 2 left
—When we run out of a particular CD-ROM, we won’t be offering that CD anymore.
—Shortly we will begin to convert the contents of discontinued CDs to our array of downloads. There will be some delay while we do so, but eventually much of the present CD content will be available as downloads.
If you’ve been contemplating buying one of our CD-ROMs, now is the time to act!! Here’s the CATALOG — take a look!
Is this a question you’ve ever asked when you see a string of letters that pretty clearly refers to an organization of some kind? When you can’t tell from the context what KIND of organization? A lodge? A religious group? A self-insurance plan? A political party? A company? A governmental department? Even a railroad?
If you’ve asked that question, you’ve got company. Acronyms, initialisms, and abbreviations for organizations have been around ever since the Roman legions walked around with “SPQR” on poles (that was an initialism for Senatus Populesque Romanus, by the way). We’ve asked that question over and over for a long time, and we decided to do something about it.
This is what we did:
We wrote a book — 318 pages, mostly an alphabetical listing of abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms for organizations of all kinds. Now we’ve published it, and you can see it on Amazon.com. (Of course, if you’re so inclined — and we hope that you are — you can also buy it there!).
So, CLICK HERE to see it on Amazon. You might just decide that it really fills a need.