I will not be renewing the domain name peninsularoots.com, which will expire in March; nor am I likely to post new articles here. You will still be able to reach the site via peninsularoots.wordpress.com, but new articles will be posted on my blog at baldcypressbooks.com. It is easier for me to keep up with one website and blog than two.
I do want to preserve the articles I’ve posted on Peninsula Roots over the last several years, particularly those about the Nanticoke Indians. WordPress tracks the search terms which bring readers to the blog, and, overwhelmingly, it seems that most visitors come here in search of information about the Nanticokes. Now that I’m operating a book-publishing venture — more on that in a moment — I might gather some of the articles, update them as needed (in many cases, further research has shed new light on the subjects and corrections are needed), and publish them as a collection.
After founding Bald Cypress Books to self-publish The Roofed Graves of Delmarva last year, I spent several months transcribing a rare text entitled Military Interference With the Election in Delaware, 1862, last published by the Delaware General Assembly in 1863. I published the first copies of the new edition in November, and officially released the book on January 1st. Since then, I’ve already sold out of hardcovers, but still have paperbacks in stock, and more books are on the way. The book can be purchased (or preordered, in the case of hardcovers) at baldcypressbooks.com. Discounted copies are available to bookstores and nonprofit organizations.
I have several other projects in the works which I’d rather not say too much about. I will say that I am writing a book which will feature my research on the historical Nanticoke Indians and the colonial Broad Creek community; I’m also transcribing another text to reprint. I expect to publish one or both of these books in 2021. In the meantime, updates will be shared through Bald Cypress Books, whether on the website or on social media.
Additionally, I plan to publish new books by other authors, so please contact me if you’re interested. I’ll consider any manuscript related to the history or culture of the Delmarva Peninsula.
– Chris Slavens