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Finger Lakes Romance Map Companion Guide Book - cover image

A Companion Guide Book to
A Romance Map of the Finger Lakes Region
of Central New York

by Richard Vang & Michael Schmidt

ISBN-13: not yet assigned
ISBN-10: not yet assigned
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Product #: SCP-0013
Anticipated Retail Price: $24.95
Physical: pages, size, color, binding TBD
Pub. Date: TBA - publication delayed


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Book Summary

In the forthcoming A Companion Guide Book to A Romance Map of the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York, historians and Finger Lakes natives Richard Vang and Michael Schmidt will explore the history and legends of this fabled region through the unique and interesting details of the classic illustrated map. Long famous for its farms and wineries, the Finger Lakes is also home to the sometimes forgotten story of historical firsts, amazing facts, and urban legends. Intrigued and inspired by the sparse details presented on the map, the authors have investigated firsthand this history further, bringing the reader along with them on a tour of the Finger Lakes that is not your standard travel guide. The guide book is designed to be taken alone on the road, or used by the armchair traveler as a study companion to the map.

Major themes will present the story of the Finger Lakes, from the time of the Haudenosaunee and early explorers, through the Revolutionary War, and on into the rise of the Empire State as an economic and political power. Transportation, inventions, religion, science, agriculture, the arts and entertainment are all brought together in a panorama of New York's history -- with some myths and legends exposed along the way. Illustrated with both original and historical photos related to the illustrations on the map, the guide book tells the reader what there is to see and do today, and includes detailed geographical locations, an index, a bibliography, related web site information, and sample travel itineraries. This handy guide is perfect for Finger Lakes tourists, middle and high school students, teachers, historical societies and just about anyone interested in the history of the Finger Lakes region.

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  • 11/16/08 - pre-publication announcement

About the Authors

Richard Vang spent his childhood and college years in the Finger Lakes region. He holds a B.A. in Literature and Folklore from Binghamton University and is the author of numerous articles and three books over the past 15 years. He has worked at the former Corning Area Public Library, the Southern Tier Library System, and the Four County Library System, as well as other libraries and museums across upstate New York. He and his family live in the Helderberg Mountains in rural Albany County.

Michael Schmidt grew up in the Finger Lakes region. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in History from Binghmaton University. He now lives and writes on a farm above Cayuga Lake with views of Cornell University and the Connecticut Hill.

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