Vouri's latest book, 'The Pig War', has never-before-published photos; public discussion and book signing Friday at museum
August 22, 2008 · Updated 9:29 AM
Historian/author Mike Vouri will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Pig War,” Friday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., in the San Juan Historical Museum.
The event is free and open to the public.
Arcadia Publishing Co. published “The Pig War” as part of its Images of America series. It’s the third book on the topic by Vouri; he’s also the author of “The Pig War: Standoff at Griffin Bay” and “Outpost Of Empire: The Royal Marines And The Joint Occupation Of San Juan Island.”
In his latest book, Vouri, historian at San Juan Island National Historical Park, uses 200 vintage images to illustrate life in 19th century San Juan Island, particularly the military camps and the central figures in the standoff.
"Included are 100 photos no one has ever seen before" in print, Vouri said.
The book depicts Capt. George Pickett’s role in the conflict (Pickett also led the famous charge at the Battle of Gettysburg). It provides a close look at the fish traps that operated at American Camp’s South Beach from the 1880s until they were outlawed in 1934. It also provides a brief portrait of U.S. Coast Survey operations in the Pacific Northwest.
“The Pig War” is available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers. It is also available through Arcadia Publishing at (888) 313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
Vouri, his wife, Julia, and the San Juan Historical Society are working on a second book for Arcadia — "Friday Harbor," which is scheduled to be released in time for the town's 100th birthday in February.