Happy Free Book Friday! Today’s giveaway, Historic Cape May, New Jersey: The Summer City by the Sea, comes from journalist and historian Emil R. Salvini. You can enter to win by commenting on this post by Sunday, December 9 (12:oo a.m., EST)! The winners (picked by the robots at Random.org) will be announced Monday morning. Oh, that’s right, we said winners. We’re giving away five books this time instead of one! #ChristmasSpirit
About the book:
Cape May began as Cape May Island, where families journeyed to enjoy wide white beaches and gentle surf during the early nineteenth century. With the advent of steamships and railroads, the quiet village soon became America’s first seaside resort town.
One nineteenth-century traveling reporter raved over the medical benefits of Cape May’s resorts:
“I have never visited a watering-place where relief was more generally obtained by invalids. Some of my fellow passengers coming down, who were sick, drooping and with no appetite, suffering under various complaints, are now as healthy, brisk and hungry as any here. In short, all are invigorated and at ease. Even hypochondriacs forget their ailments in the general and genial reign of Hygeia.”
Despite its charm and elegance, visitors slowed in the 1880s, as a series of mysterious fires claimed some of its most beloved structures…
But as the twentieth century dawned, Cape May’s failure to modernize ultimately became its salvation. By the 1960s, visitors were once again flocking to this seaside destination to enjoy its quaint Victorian charm.
In Historic Cape May, New Jersey, readers will experience the elegant Chalfonte Hotel, stately Congress Hall and the classic Cape May Boardwalk with local historian Emil Salvini. Join Salvini as he culls from over twenty years of research and stunning historic images to commemorate Cape May’s place in New Jersey history.
“Those who want a detailed history of Cape May, illustrated with archival photographs can invest…in Emil R. Salvini’s Summer City by the Sea.” –New York Times
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About the author:
Emil R. Salvini served two terms as a member of the Cape May City Preservation Commission and is a life member of the Cape May County Historical Society. He is the author of Hobey Baker, American Legend—honored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities—and the acclaimed Boardwalk Memories: Tales of the Jersey Shore and Jersey Shore: Vintage Images of Bygone Days. This versatile historian is both a careful scholar and an excellent storyteller. He created and hosts the popular PBS series Tales of the Jersey Shore. A graduate of William Paterson University and Harvard University, he lives with his wife in Wayne, New Jersey, and together they stroll the boardwalks as often as possible.