New book showcases images and history of New Almaden
After spending much of their adult lives uncovering and recording the faces and names from New Almaden's past, history enthusiasts Mike Boulland and Art Boudreault have turned their work into a book, ``New Almaden.'' The authors will be available to sign copies at the New Almaden Mining Museum and the Almaden Community Center this month.
Book signings are scheduled for Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the New Almaden Mining Museum and July 27 [corrected, original article had July 26] from noon to 1 p.m. at the Almaden Library and Community Center.
The Images of America series, by Arcadia Publishing, showcases photos and images from various communities, such as New Almaden, to illustrate the events and people who made historic contributions to the area.
While many of the photos for New Almaden came from the New Almaden Mining Museum archives, members of the community contributed as well.
When creating the book, the authors organized the chapters as a walking tour through New Almaden, starting with Almaden Road, then around Bertram Road.
Boudreault, an Almaden resident and volunteer at the museum, said readers can carry the book with them as they walk through the small neighborhood.
While the book also touches on the mining operations in the hills of what is now Quicksilver County Park, the authors wanted to show readers the community life that existed in the mining town.
``We made sure there were a lot of people in the pictures, and we found out who those people were,'' Boudreault said.
With the large number of photos, Boulland and Boudreault were able to select many high-quality images with vivid descriptions.
``We made sure we used as much room as they allowed for the captions,'' Boudreault said. ``If we couldn't say much about the picture, we didn't put it in.''
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