Publishing Today May 13, 2024

Islands of Southern Lake Winnipesaukee by Stephanie Erickson

The islands of southern Lake Winnipesaukee have a rich and diverse history. The first summer home on Sleepers Island was Hale's castle, a replica of a medieval castle constructed by the same stone masons who built Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough. An indigenous archeological site and other relics have been uncovered on Rattlesnake Island. Treasure Island and Cub Island were originally developed as a boy's summer camp. Diamond Island was a stop for the steamboat Lady of the Lake , and the Diamond Island House was cut in half and moved across the lake to become the Hotel Weirs. In later years, the U.S. Navy established a research station on the island. Local author and islander Stephanie Erickson shares the history of the islands and how they have shaped the culture of the islanders today.

The Oregon Skyline Trail by Glenn Voelz

The Skyline Trail began as a network of footpaths created by Oregon's indigenous tribes. Early fur traders and explorers followed in their steps, seeking safe routes over the unmapped Cascades. Judge John Breckenridge Waldo later spent decades exploring the mountain trail between Mount Hood and Crater Lake and led the campaign for the area's preservation. During the 1920s, the Forest Service briefly considered turning the path into a scenic highway and sent one of its first recreational specialists, Frederick Cleator, to blaze a prospective route through the mountains before scrapping the idea.

Galveston's Tremont House Hotel by Kathleen Maca

The storied history of the Tremont House began when Texas was still an independent Republic. Since then a series of hotels bearing that illustrious name have operated as a hub of Galveston high society. Buffalo Bill, Stephen Crane, Clara Barton walked the corridors of The Tremont House, along with presidents, millionaires, actors and countless other celebrities. Having witnessed the Gilded Age, the Jazz Era and every decade in between, the hotel was reborn in the 1980s to continue its legacy of hospitality and luxury. Join author Kathleen Maca as she explores the captivating secrets and remarkable heritage of the Tremont House.

Newport A Concise History by Newport Historical Society

This revised edition of Newport: A Concise History tells a more inclusive story of Newport's past with the aid of new scholarship and images. Beginning with the area's first Indigenous inhabitants, this book explores Newport's colorful history, uncovering the traditions and innovations that shaped the city. Founded in 1639 by religious dissenters, Newport became a thriving seaport in the eighteenth century. Yet the town's success as a center of commerce derived from the enslavement of Africans who were captured and brought to Newport unwillingly. In the ensuing centuries, this city has undergone periods of economic distress and phases of rejuvenation, evolving into one of the most beloved tourist destinations in the country. As Newport forges into the twenty-first century, we look to history to commemorate and celebrate the City-by-the-Sea.

Murder in Manteo by John Railey

Stacey Stanton, a beloved resident of Manteo, was found stabbed to death in her apartment on the afternoon of February 3, 1990. The slaying was the most horrendous crime the town had seen in years. With tourist season coming on and Manteo in the midst of a revitalization, a rushed investigation followed. Overlooked leads and racial tension led to the conviction of an innocent man. This riveting narrative, built on access to the state's investigative file and multiple interviews with case insiders, delves into the truth behind the murder. Investigative journalist John Railey explores the mistakes made and finally arrives at the long-hidden truth of what happened to Stacey.

The Soul of Pittsburgh by Ed Simon

"Europe stretches to the Alleghenies, America lies beyond." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"They are my people and this is my town and it does my heart good just to be here." - Art Rooney Sr.
What does it mean to be from Pittsburgh? Author Ed Simon explores the nature of the Yinzer and how the Steel City shapes anyone who is fortunate to call it home.

Lighthouses of New Hampshire by Jeremy D'Entremont

New Hampshire's seacoast may be just 18 miles long, but what it lacks in length, it makes up for with centuries of fascinating maritime history. Portsmouth developed along the banks of the Piscataqua River to become the state's colonial capital and a center of trade and shipbuilding. Portsmouth Harbor's 1771 lighthouse was the first lighthouse established in the American colonies north of Boston. A few miles offshore, Native Americans were fishing and hunting at the archipelago known as the Isles of Shoals for centuries before the islands were developed by European fishermen and settlers in the 1600s, and a lighthouse was established at the southernmost island in 1821. Inland, three wooden lighthouses were built on Lake Sunapee in the late 1800s to guide steamships full of vacationers to their destinations around the lake. All of these locations have stories to tell of dedicated keepers and their families, shipwrecks, rescues, and much more.