J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Popping Up on the Freedom Trail: A Kickstarter Campaign

Denise D. Price is an artist and paper engineer in Cambridge who’s started a Kickstarter campaign for The Freedom Trail Pop-Up Book.

The book promises “16 architecturally accurate pop ups, profiles of each of the five historic weathervanes along the trail and written history about landmarks like the U.S.S. Constitution and the Old South Meeting House.” Other highlights:
  • A fully three dimensional, two-page pop-up of the Massachusetts State House
  • Old Corner Bookstore illustration with moveable sign 1717 to 1826
  • A pop-up interpretation of Paul Revere’s [actually Henry Pelham’s] etching of the Boston Massacre
The Freedom Trail Foundation has permitted Price to use its brand for this project.

Pop-up books have to be assembled by hand, making them particularly expensive. Usually this work is done in Latin America; fifteen years ago, Cali, Colombia, was a worldwide center of the field, and it might still be.

Price has budgeted the first printing of her book, consisting of 5,000 copies, to cost $52,500, and that’s her Kickstarter goal. The campaign runs through the end of June.

1 comment:

rlburger said...

Hope that this kickstarter campaign can be fully funded so the book can be published. Denise has been working on this book for a long time and it would be a treasure to many who live in Boston (and beyond).