Book Talks & Signings at Welcome Centers

Authors from Johns Hopkins University Press visit Welcome Centers to discuss their latest books set in or written about Maryland.

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Hike Maryland by Bryan Mackay
Hike Maryland by Bryan Mackay
Photo By: Johns Hopkins University Press
Travels through American History in the Mid-Atlantic by Charles W. Mitchell
Travels through American History in the Mid-Atlantic by Charles W. Mitchell
Photo By: Johns Hopkins University Press
Featured Author Charles W. Mitchell
Featured Author Charles W. Mitchell
Photo By: Johns Hopkins University Press & Charles W. Mitchell

The last weekend in June is very special for historians in that it kicks off both the July 4th weekend and the anniversary of the Civil War battles of Gettysburg and Monocacy. Therefore, a special event with historians from Seton Shrine, Maryland's Friends of War of 1812, Catoctin Furnace, Maryland’s heritage areas as well as local authors, will take place at the Mason Dixon Welcome Center on Saturday, June 30.

June 30, 2018
Featured author, Charles W. Mitchell, who wrote Travels through American History in the Mid-Atlantic, will meet visitors, discuss the area's history and sign books between 11 am-1 pm at Maryland's Mason Dixon Welcome Center. The book describes history through the lens of the American experience in the Mid-Atlantic. Mitchell traces events that formed America, starting from colonial times through the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and finally, the Civil War.  All are conflicts that impacted the people of the Mason-Dixon region. 

Mitchell won the Society for American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism 2016 Gold Award in the Guidebook Category.

Also on hand will be Johns Hopkins University Press publishing staff who will present a variety of Maryland-specific books aimed at the traveling public. Three such books were written by experienced outdoorsman Bryan Mackay, who has explored Maryland from the Bay through the Mountains.  Paddle Maryland, Hike Maryland and Cycle Maryland offer those who want to venture into the outdoors great information.

Paddle Maryland takes advantage of the largest estuary in the United States, the Chesapeake Bay, to recommend the very best canoe and kayak trips available. The author has a special knowledge of the area's great biodiversity, so vegetation and wildlife are carefully described in the context of a changing climate and conservation efforts.

Hike Maryland finds the author exploring, on foot, the shores of the Chesapeake, the farmlands of Piedmont to the Appalachian Plateau.  With an abundance of public lands and forests, the hikers can find easy walks, challenging trails and amazing scenery. This book takes the guesswork out of the choices and provides both background and key information.

Cycle Maryland is for the family, friends and solo riders who love nature and want to choose from a variety of terrains: city, paved pathways or abandoned railroad rights-of-way, like the Great Allegheny Passage. The book contains maps, photography and will fit in your pack or pannier.

In Maryland, Welcome Center staff go the extra mile (or two) to offer relevant exhibits, friendly travel advice, and now Author Talks about Maryland's favorite activities, heroes, mysteries and more.

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