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Fort Monroe (Images of America


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Title: Authors among us: Casemate Museum employees collaborate on Monroe book Author: Patricia Radcliffe Publisher: Casemate Date: 11/14/2008 More than 140 years of Fort Monroe history is depicted in a new book that was released Monday and bears the name of two Casemate Museum staffers Paul Morando and David Johnson. Titled Images of America, Fort Monroe, the book contains about 230 photographs of post activities that occurred between 1865 and 2007. The images include scenes of everyday life and the changing landscape during times of war and peace. They highlight the hurricanes, financial shortfalls and mission changes that have threatened Fort Monroe s existence. Through many previously unpublished images, this book captures a wide variety of activities on Fort Monroe that should appeal to a large and diverse audience, said Morando, Casemate Museum Director. We hope it has a lasting effect and that people will use it as a valuable resource for many years to come. While much has been written about Fort Monroe during the Civil War era, Morando said there is little information currently available after 1865. And one of the few books written about the post Defender of The Chesapeake: the Story of Fort Monroe by Richard P. Weinert and Col. Robert Arthur has been out of print for several years. By writing this book, we wanted to continue this fort s story and capture its rich history up until the decision to close it as a military installation, Morando said. This book chronicles how a historic (post) like Fort Monroe evolves over time, defines itself and ultimately, struggled to survive. Morando and Johnson, a museum specialist, said they approached Arcadia Publishing several months ago to include a pictorial history of Fort Monroe in its series of more than 5,000 books illustrating different aspects of American life. Dave and I felt that working together would allow us to produce a better publication, which it did. I couldn t have done it without him. As the museum s archivist, he has a strong working knowledge of the images of Fort Monroe, and we were able to tie that into a thesis of (the fort s) survival. Images of America, Fort Monroe will sell for $21.99 at the Museum gift shop and at local Barnes and Noble bookstores. Morando emphasized that niether he nor Johnson will receive any of the profits from the book. Those funds will be used to cover the cost of publishing the material and to support historic preservation programs at Fort Monroe."

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