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The Bancroft Building and Its People: 100 Years of History

Lynne Damianos, Author/Photographer
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

This book celebrates the building’s history and its residents, including artists that call Fountain Street Studios their business, creative escape or artistic community. The former automobile and apparel factory has been transformed into a creative community that many are proud to call home. It includes environmental portraits and stories about the building from 72 artists, business owners and staff.

Paperback, 8.5″ square, 164 pages, 198 color photographs, $55.95/list, $45.00 (sale price), ISBN 9780578056869, published 2010. Available only from Damianos Publishing – please call 508.872.4880.

Monochrome Edition, Paperback, 8.5″ square, 164 pages, 198 B/W photographs, $19.95, ISBN 9781941573136, published 2017. Available from Silver Street Media and Amazon.com.

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The Saxonville Mills: Three Centuries of Industry in Framingham

Kevin A. Swope, Author
Lynne Damianos, Author/Photographer
James L. Parr, Editor
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

A compelling history of the mills from the 17th century through the 20th century, with a colorful and fascinating section devoted to the current tenants of the nine buildings that make up the Saxonville Mill Industrial Park of 2012. The history of the mills has been carefully researched and wonderfully written by former Framingham History Center Board Member Kevin Swope, and is packed with hundreds of historical photographs. Award winning photographer Lynne Damianos has explored the mill complex from deep underground to high above the streets of Saxonville to capture unique images of these historic buildings.

Paperback, 8.5″ square, 206 pages, 300 B/W and color photographs, $29.95, ISBN 9780578102979, published 2012. Available from Damianos Publishing, Friends of Saxonville, Framingham History Center, Framed in Time, Robinson’s Hardware.

Monochrome Edition, Paperback, 8.5″ square, 206 pages, 300 B/W photographs, $19.95, ISBN 9781941573143, published 2017. Available from Silver Street Media and Amazon.com.

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My Name is James and other poems for all ages

James L. Parr, Author
Eva Burns, Illustrator
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

A collection of witty and whimsical rhymes on a variety of topics from animals to school to growing up to the mundane activities of life/illustrated with line drawings and doodles.

Paperback, 6 x 9″, 72 pages, 33 B/W illustrations, $16.95, ISBN 9780988229501, published 2012. Available from Silver Street Media.

 

 

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Crumbs from the Table of Life

Kathy Kenney-Marshall, Author
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

Teacher, Mother, and Columnist Kathy Kenney-Marshall shares humorous and often insightful views about parenthood, teaching, and descriptions of every day life. In essay form, Kathy views the mundane, the annoying, and the absurd in ways that make you laugh, cry, or at least nod your head in agreement. Life is like a roller coaster and these essays will take you along on a ride through lives that we all live but in a way that makes you realize that in the end, almost everything can be laughed at if we look at it through a different lens.

Paperback, 6 x 9″, 168 pages, $19.95, ISBN 9780988229518, published 2012. Available from Damianos Publishing and Silver Street Media.

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Framingham’s Civil War Service

A History and Roster, Revised Edition

Tom A.C. Ellis, Jr., Author
Jonathan K. Cohen, Editor
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Cover Designer

Ellis concisely details, with relevant illustrations and a comprehensive index, the plight of the town of Framingham during the national cataclysm during the Civil War. He records when Framingham created a militia, long before Fort Sumter was attacked and when the town called its first meeting in 1861 to organize a War Committee of nine citizens. Ellis explains the stroke of luck Framingham experienced when Governor Andrew disbanded the militia to many different regiments the governor was organizing. The result was that no one company from Framingham was decimated in a single battle. Ellis details how Framingham men served in over 77% of Military Units created by the Commonwealth and were active in over 85% of the major battles of the Civil War. This Civil War history and roster includes a biographic sketch of all 530 men that served, as well as cemetery records.

Hardcover, 7 × 10”, 370 pages, $39.95, ISBN 9780988229525, published 2013. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Finding Light in the Darkness

Dot Walsh, Author
Andrea LeBlanc, Photographer
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

Finding Light in the Darkness” is a collection of short stories from the author’s prison experiences working both in the inside and the outside. The values of faith, trust, and a belief in humanity filter through the bars of confinement and leave us with a glimmer of hope. All the stories are authentic and present to the reader, who may not be familiar with the prison system, a picture of the human pain of incarceration. This is not an excuse for the crimes that may or may not have been committed but rather to bring some understanding to this world behind the wall. The decision to place the beautiful pictures of nature taken by Andrea LeBlanc in the middle of the book is an attempt to create as an oasis of hope and a resting place for all who open their hearts and minds to the messages of the book. This book is dedicated to all my brothers and sisters who still remain on the inside and are actively working to change their lives, and for all who have returned to the community with the support and help of many dedicated people.

Paperback, 6 x 9″, 88 pages $16.95, color and B/W photographs, ISBN 9780988229532, published 2013. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Medway & Millis’ Civil War Service

A History and Roster

Tom A.C. Ellis, Author
Jonathan K. Cohen, Editor
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Cover Designer

Medway acted early and boldly in the defense of our nation. This book will clearly define Medway’s place of honor and set out its contributions to this nation’s history. The rumblings of war were in the air long before Fort Sumter was attacked on April 12, 1861. Medway, as a municipality, had already formed a militia unit. Then a Town Meeting was called for on April, 1861, at which funds were appropriated to support those soldiers and their families Medway supplied 387 men, well above its obligation. Medway men were dispersed throughout many different military units. Medway men went on to serve in 58% of all military units sent out by the Commonwealth. They suffered their share of casualties, because of their dispersal, no single battle decimated the town. Still, eight men would be killed in action, seven would die from wounds they received in battle, Thirty-seven would die of disease, and eighty-six would become disabled and be discharged. One of Medway’s men was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. The Commonwealth, throughout the war, would raise two black infantry and one black cavalry regiment. Medway would provide black men to serve in two of those units. Medway also provided white men as officers in black regiments. On the home front, the women of Medway would also exceed expectations. They created three distinct Auxiliary Associations of the United States Sanitary Commission, through which they provided much needed supplies for the comfort and survival of the Medway soldiers in the field. Medway’s contributions to the Civil War should never be forgotten; it is this book’s aim to ensure that never happens.

Hardcover, 7 x 10″, 320 pages, $35.00, B&W illustrations, ISBN 9780988229556, published 2013. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Sue’s Strategies: Best Reading Spelling Method Ages 6 – 60

Susan B. Kahn, Author
Bernadette L. Quirk, Illustrator

Sue’s Strategies: Best Reading Spelling Method Ages 6 – 60 serves as a primer with a series of lesson plans and a reinforcement with practice exercises. The method acts as an inspiration to everyone involved in the reading remediation process: learner, teacher, parent, caregiver, or teacher-to-be. Nothing surpasses the research-based strategies for originality, effectiveness, or clarity.

Paperback, 8.5 x 11″, 308 pages, hundreds of color illustrations, $90.00, ISBN 9780989303002, published 2013. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Painting by Lyrics

Mark Stevens, Author
Sumiyo Toribe, Artist
Jennifer Aumiller, Designer

Painting by Lyrics is a portrayal of song lyrics written by Mark Stevens and painted by Sumiyo Toribe. Sumiyo reflected on Mark’s lyrics and then painted whatever emotion and image they conveyed to her. With the beautiful language of Stevens’ lyrics and the ethereal brush strokes of Toribe, Painting by Lyrics is an inspiring and lovely work of art.

Paperback with French flaps, 8 x 10″, 62 pages, 27 color illustrations, $27.95, ISBN 9780988229563, published 2013. Available from Silver Street Media.

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A Most Rash but Magnificent Charge

Frederic A. Wallace, Author
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Illustrator/Designer

In the early days of the Civil War, loss after loss dogged Union forces in the east. By the end of the summer of 1862 Confederate General Robert E. Lee, emboldened by his successes, launched an invasion into the North, hoping to force a settlement that would recognize the Confederacy. The events that followed are known today as the Maryland Campaign of 1862. This work describes in detail the role played by Framingham’s General George H. Gordon, and his brigade (3rd. Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Corps, Army of the Potomac) in that campaign, and more specifically in the battle of Antietam. This was the bloodiest single day of that war.

Paperback, 7 x 10″, 72 pages, 27 illustrations (color and B/W), $17.95, ISBN 9780988229570, published 2014. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Love Mary B: A Teacher’s Gift

Alan O’Hare and Mary B., Authors
Meg Carlton and Tim Carlton, Illustrators
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

Love Mary B: A Teacher’s Gift is an inspiring and challenging journey through twentieth century American schools and society as narrated through the letters of a gifted teacher and impassioned advocate for social justice. At its heart it is also a celebration of all who respond to the calling to be a teacher so eloquently honored through Leonard Bernstein’s quote, “Teaching is the noblest, most unselfish, most honorable profession.” In her letters Mary B guides us through her life beginning in the early nineteen hundreds as it mirrors the educational evolution in America. Through her charming and poignant tales we are welcomed into a world where she weaves threads and conversations with her grandmother, a teacher from the nineteenth century with her own experiences. Mary B’s story is also dramatically heightened by a life-changing encounter with Martin Luther King, Jr. who inspired her work as an urban community activist, and also culminated in being a first-hand witness to the September 11 tragedy in New York City.

Against this background we are invited to find our seat in her classroom with countless students in learning the alphabet, our numbers, our place in the world and most importantly how to share our gifts with one another. Through these recollections a tapestry of humor, tragedy and hope unfolds to spark readers’ memories of long forgotten and cherished school days and teachers. Over the past several years this gifted teacher has touched countless lives in her letters of hope and joy, as well as the dramatic stage re-enactment of her life by award winning actress, Barbara Bourgeois. As you now open the door to her classroom through these pages, you too will be welcomed into this new world to learn how to Love Mary B.

Kindle, 4971 KB, print length 53 pages, simultaneous device usage unlimited, $6.99, ISBN 9781941573006, published 2014. Available from Amazon.

Paperback, 6 x 9 x 0.2”, 46 pages, published 2014, $14.95, ISBN 9780988229549. Available from Silver Street Media.

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At the End of Meadow Street

Michael Paul, Author

At the End of Meadow Street is the story of Sam, a young boy who is leaving his familiar role as a mischievous student in elementary school and heading toward the unknowns of middle school. The book chronicles the adventures of a group of friends beginning on the last day of the sixth grade and lasting through the summer as they learn about bikes, girls, dealing with their parents, and themselves. While the group is enjoying their summer swimming, riding bikes, and exploring the woods, something much more is happening. Somewhere between the insults, loogies, pig piles and neighborhood pranks, Sam and his friends realize there is a world of unspoken thoughts and feelings within themselves, and they join together in an effort to understand and communicate the issues that have both shaped and held them back. Their journey will take them through the local parks, ponds, paths, and playgrounds as they come face to face with the consequences of life’s events and realize that friendship means much more than sharing a classroom or living on the same street.

Kindle, 1664 KB, 293 pages, simultaneous device usage unlimited, $2.99, ISBN 9780988229594, published 2014. Available from Amazon.

Paperback, 6 x 9 x 0.7”, 308 pages, $17.95, ISBN 9780988229587, published 2014. Available from Silver Street Media.

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The Naked Truth About Aging

Aging men and women respond to some of the issues encountered by living in a culture at war with the aging body and with aging itself

Hugo “Holly” Hollerorth, Author
Lynne Damianos, Photographer
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

There is an awareness among aging people that we live in a culture that is at war with the aging body and with aging itself. This book is an account of the responses of twenty-four aging women and men during individual interviews, carried out by the author, inquiring what it is like to live on a daily basis in a pro-youth, anti-aging culture. It describes their responses to some of the issues that have arisen while living in such a culture. Prior to the interviews, the twenty-four participants – twelve men and twelve women – participated in two fund raising projects for a church to which they belonged. The project carried out by the women was the creation of a 2006 calendar celebrating the spirit and beauty of older women. In a similar effort, the men created a 2012 calendar celebrating the spirit and beauty of older men. Each month of the calendars showcased a photograph of a senior woman or man engaged in an activity significant to her or his life as well as a biographical sketch. A unique feature was that the participants were photographed “tastefully” and “strategically” nude. But it was not for shock value that “tasteful” nudity was employed. Rather, the women and men wanted to respond in a positive way to society’s belief that beauty lies only in the youthful, curvaceous or muscular body. They wanted the world to know that older bodies have a beauty of their own and that older people, too, are proud of their bodies.

Intrigued by the responses, Hollerorth and Damianos wondered what attitudes the calendar men and women, themselves, had toward their aging bodies and toward aging in general. To find out they solicited the participation of the calendar men and women in the interviews referred to above. The photographs, also referred to above, are interspersed in two groups among the interviews.

Paperback, 10 x 8 x 0.2”, 98 pages, 24 color photographs, $19.95, ISBN 9781941573020, published 2014. Available from Damianos Publishing (please call 508.872.4880) and Silver Street Media.

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The Instant Photograph

Polaroid Photographs 1962-1996

Paul A. Camello, Author/Photographer
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

The Instant Photograph presents a collection of photographs created by Master Photographer Paul A. Camello between 1962 and 1996 as a Technical Specialist in Polaroid’s Research and Engineering Division’s using a variety of Polaroid film products. The photographs display the one of a kind quality Polaroid became known for. Black & white and some very early color photographs describe six areas Camello worked in during his 36 years at Polaroid. They include People, The Sepia Project, SX70, Creative, Commercial, Image Transfer and Emulsion Transfer processes.

Paperback, 8 x 9 x 0.2”, 74 pages, $29.95, ISBN 9781941573037, published 2014. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Scenes from an Ordinary Life

Dale A. Jovin, Author/Illustrator
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

A collection of musings, poetry, and songs, from sentimental to silly, written over a period of more than fifty years.

Paperback, 6 x 9 x 0.6”, 264 pages, $19.95, ISBN 9781941573051, published 2015. Available from Silver Street Media.

 

 

 

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Fresh from the Source

A Collection of Recipes From the Chefs, Crew, Friends and Families of Captain Marden’s Seafood’s Inc.®

Thomas S. Hepner, Author
Charles M. Johnson, Editor
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

This is a cookbook principally focused on moderately creative ways to work with fish, seafood and shellfish. It is based on the premise is that cooking should be fun. Hepner expresses his own culinary philosophies and personal joy that he derives from food, cooking and dining. He believes that food should be accessible to all audiences not overly obscure or pretentious in selecting ingredients. Additionally, food is a five-sense experience, which should take into account each of them when designing menus, whether it is a simple breakfast or an elaborate dinner party. Lastly, cooking is not an exacting science nor are recipes set in stone. Learn to experiment, substitute, play and modify to your own liking. Recipes in this volume are only a starting point. They offer ideas and basic structures from which the readers can learn, grow and develop their own styles of cooking.

Hardcover, 8.5 x 11 x 0.8”, 348 pages, $40.00, ISBN 978 1941573068, published 2015. Available from Silver Street Media and Captain Marden’s Seafood.

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There’s a Creature in My Kitchen

A Tail from Africa

Kerry McCarthy Adams, Author/Illustrator
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

Would you share your kitchen with a family of ants? What about cockroaches, spiders, geckos, mice and more? In some places in the world these creatures are part of the shared habitat. They have made their homes and their families in the author’s kitchen, and in this whimsical rhyming story, a “tail” from Africa shows how it will always be THEIR home.

Proceeds from this book will be used to support charities involved with advocacy, awareness and research related to Fragile X Syndrome. Kerry can be contacted via web@ncfragilex.org.

Hardcover, 10.75 x 8.75”, 26 color pages, $27.99, ISBN 9781941573075, published 2015. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Pushing for Cushing in War and Peace

A History of Cushing Hospital 1943 -1991 Framingham, MA

Frederic A. Wallace, Author
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

During World War II, many hospitals were built for the U.S. Army throughout the United States. This book chronicles the history of one such hospital, built in the town of Framingham, Massachusetts. These hospitals were designed to receive wounded from the various theatres of war, and often specialized in one or another form of injury. This one, named Cushing General Hospital after the famed neurosurgeon and World War I medical officer, Dr. Harvey Cushing, was to specialize in neurosugery. When the war ended in 1945, it was turned over to the Veterans’ Administration and continued its work in this field until 1953, when the doors closed. In 1954 it was acquired by the State of Massachusetts, and reopened in 1957, as a geriatric care center (hospital) with a full staff, including medical doctors. The heart of the story is about the people of Framingham, and surrounding towns, and how they embraced the facility, giving it their full support for almost fifty years. In the late 1980′s plans were developed to build a new diversified geriatric care center and elder housing complex on the site. Why that did not come to pass is a story unto itself.

Paperback, 6 x 9 x 0.2”, 96 pages, $16.95, ISBN 9781941573082, published 2015. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Dark Matters

Seven Variations on a Theme

Benet S. Kolman, Author
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

Dark Matters: Seven Variations on a Theme is a collection of seven short stories, written in diverse styles, depicting diverse characters in diverse times and situations, whose diverse fates are united by a common theme: the power of illusion. The characters include: an impecunious waitress in post WWII Wisconsin; an easygoing American twenty-something in a despotic Latin-American fiefdom; a deceased neer-do-well Vietnam veteran; an elderly post-Depression female mountain recluse who befriends a youthful hillbilly fugitive; a newly-rich retired plumber in early 20th-century New England, whose penchant for philosophy is no match for the irrational onslaught of love; a benevolent teacher of English, whose gesture of piety becomes a latter-day parable of human fate; a proud Midwestern prep-school pedagogue, whose life and precarious dignity are overturned in one mad self-revelatory morning. In these seven tales, the episodic futility of human striving is matched against the episodic nobility of the human heart.

Paperback, 6 x 9 x 0.4”, 148 pages, $12.95, ISBN 9781941573099, published 2015. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Hopkinton through Poetry

Celebrating 300 years – Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Compiled by Authors Cynthia Franca and Cheryl Perreault
Tom Sloan, Photographer
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

Hopkinton through Poetry: Celebrating 300 years, Hopkinton, Massachusetts is a multigenerational poetic anthology dedicated to the town, as part of the Hopkinton 300th Anniversary Celebration. Hopkinton residents Cheryl Perreault and Cynthia Franca invited the community to ponder, give tribute and write poetry about town for an exciting anthology project. This anthology consists of poetry written by residents and friends of Hopkinton that celebrates Hopkinton’s past, embraces its present and inspires its future; capturing in poems what people love about the town of Hopkinton, whether it be about the natural beauty of its ponds, lakes, trails and parks, the people and sense of community, historical events, town celebrations, etc. This project not only offers Hopkinton its first anthology of poetry specifically about the town, but is also a gift to the town and its people by the contributors and the people who purchase the book. All proceeds will be divided and donated to three local Hopkinton organizations offering services to community including The Michael Lisnow Respite Center, Serenity House and Project Just Because.

Paperback, 6 x 9 x 0.2”, 64 pages, $20.00, ISBN 9781941573105, published 2015. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Sue’s Strategies 28 Grammar Flashcards

The quick and easy way to improve reading and writing

Susan B. Kahn, M.Ed, Author
Bernadette L. Quirk, Illustrator

Sue’s Strategies’ 28 amazing, colorfully illustrated, grammar flashcards will help you express your personality as well as improve your image and self-esteem through writing. Each element of syntax is correlated with card symbols: hearts for adjectives; clubs, for nouns; spades, for verbs; diamonds for adverbs. Pictures and examples are provided on each flash card. Nothing surpasses these research based flashcards for clarity, brevity, and originality. Although designed to meet the needs of dyslexic students and English language learners, these flashcards should benefit everyone!

Cards, 5.5 x 4.2 x 0.5”, 29 pages, $34.99, ISBN 9780989303019, published 2014. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Sue’s Strategies: How to Create Effective Sentences Ages 10+

Susan B. Kahn, M.Ed, Author
Bernadette L. Quirk, Illustrator

Sue’s Strategies: How to Create Effective Sentences is a potent and valuable resource for teaching writing skills and improving reading comprehension. Based on her knowledge and experience, Susan Kahn takes apart the various components of sentences and repackages them into distinct and communicative lessons on how to create, to inspire, and to convey one’s thoughts. Her examples and illustrations speak directly to the appropriate audience, and her frequent review exercises provide excellent reinforcement of learned concepts. Involved parents, teachers, or tutors will view her book as a treasure trove of professionally organized lessons. Those studying English or home schooling will also benefit from this invaluable guide.

Sue’s Strategies is the “Gold Standard” of teaching tools.

Spiral-bound, 8.5 x 11 x 0.4”, 194 pages, $74.95, ISBN 9780989303026, published 2015. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Hopkinton’s Civil War Service

A History and Roster, Tercentennial Edition

Tom A.C. Ellis, Jr., Author
Clair Wright and Pamela Ellis, Editors
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

Hopkinton acted early in the defense of our nation. Fort Sumter was attacked April 12, 1861. On April 19, 1861, Massachusetts troops were fired on in Baltimore, Maryland. It was the “Pearl Harbor” of that generation; the town’s people were appalled. The earliest Hopkinton could hold a Town Meeting was April 29, 1861. They did, and formed a War Committee. That committee acted to appropriate funds for soldiers and their families, as well as form a Militia Company. Hopkinton was there from the beginning to the end. The first soldier to enlist was Edward Dove, on May 13, 1861. He was a sergeant in the 3rd Battalion of Riflemen known as “Dodd’s Riflemen”. Ironically, he would be among the last as on April 14, 1865, he accepted an appointment as Captain in the 103rd U.S. Colored Infantry. The last soldier to enlist from Hopkinton was Emory Watkins, February 17, 1865, into the 17th Mass. Vol. Inf. Throughout the war, Hopkinton’s quota would be 409 men. Still, twenty-six men would be killed in action, thirteen would die from wounds they received in battle, twenty-seven would die of disease, seventy-nine were wounded, and seventy-seven would become disabled and discharged. The Commonwealth, throughout the war, would raise two black infantry and one black cavalry regiment. Hopkinton would provide black men to serve in the two Infantry units, and an officer for the cavalry unit. Hopkinton also provided white men as officers in National black regiments. On the home front, the women of Hopkinton would also exceed expectations. They created an Auxiliary Association of the United States Sanitary Commission, through which they provided much needed supplies for the comfort and survival of the soldiers in the field. Hopkinton’s contributions to the Civil War should never be forgotten; it is this book’s intention to ensure that never happens.

Hardcover, 7 x 10 x 1”, 404 pages, $40.00, ISBN 9781941573044, published 2015. Available from Silver Street Media.

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Natick’s Civil War Service

A History and Roster 

Tom A.C. Ellis, Jr., Author
Pamela Ellis, Editor
Lisa Breslow Thompson, Designer

Natick acted swiftly to defend our nation in the Civil War, reacting to the calamity 29 years before the outbreak of the war. It was 1832, when the Natick Antislavery Society was created. In 1841, she formed a militia, the Natick’s Mechanic Rifle Company. It is not known, but estimated that Natick’s quota of men throughout the war would be under 400 men after exemptions. The Commonwealth’s Adjutant General accredited Natick with the service of 496 men, well above her obligations. Natick served in about 60% of the 114 military organizations created by Massachusetts. She provided men for complete companies in two different regiments; that is about one hundred men in each company. They were the 13th Mass. Co. “H” and the 39th Mass. Co.”I”. Unfortunately, those regiments were in many precarious situations. Natick men severely paid for Union losses with 33 killed in action, 18 died from wounds, 45 from disease, 39 were taken as prisoners of war, and 130 became disabled and were given disability discharges. Massachusetts, throughout the war, would raise three organizations to be manned by men of African descent. In those organizations, the 54th Mass Vol. Inf., 55th Mass. Vol. Inf., and the 5th Mass. Vol. Cav., Natick supplied seven officers and five enlisted men. In the United States Colored Infantries, Natick supplied fourteen officers and one enlisted man. She also supplied four enlisted men to the United States Navy. There were three officers and twenty-five enlisted men that served in these organizations, who were accredited to other municipalities, but they became citizens of Natick. On the home front, the women of Natick exceeded all expectations. They formed an Auxiliary Association of the United States Sanitary Commission. While tending the fires on the home front, they provided supplies and comfort needed for the survival of their citizen soldiers. Natick surpassed all duty required of her for the preservation of our Nation in the Great War of the Rebellion, at the seat of war, and on the home front. It is this book’s intention that her resolute service is never forgotten.

Hardcover, 7 x 10 x 1.1”, 480 pages, 128 B/W photographs, $45.00, ISBN 9781941573129, published 2016. Available from Silver Street Media.

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A Thousand Thugs

A Gritty Street Tale

Darryl E. Buchannan, Author
Carolyn L. Ruf, Editor
Ishan Birchett, Illustrator

This story unfolds in the streets of Lowell, MA, a city north of Boston. Harlem Valentine is the leader of the NC5’s (North Common 5’s), a local gang beefing and warring with other gangs throughout the city over drugs, drug turf, and drug money. Harlem wants to be a rap star, and spends crazy time between the studio and the block. Growing up in an environment where his role models are pimps, gang members, criminals and drug addicts, everything around him tells him he is nothing, and will never be nothing. He has a father he barely knows serving a life sentence at the state prison for killing a man over $40 of heroin. His drug addicted mother is in and out of detoxes and rehabs battling her own demons. Still, he struggles to keep his dream alive of one day standing on stage at the Tsongas Arena rocking the mic. Instead the streets pull him closer to his nightmare, and he finds himself locked inside of an 8 x 12 prison cell fighting for his life. As you read this story, a kid is killing another kid for as little as stepping on his Jordans. Darryl Buchannan writes Harlem’s story hoping to convince kids to make the RIGHT CHOICES!

Paperback, 6 x 9 x 0.369”, 160 pages, $19.95, ISBN 9781941573150, published 2017. Available from Silver Street Media.

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