We left the Door County peninsula on Tuesday morning and rolled into Appleton, Wisconsin where we landed at Shenandoah Books Etc. (133 East Wisconsin Avenue) at about 9:30am. This is a small but interesting book store tightly crammed with material. It is owned by Paul Skenandore, a proud Native American of the Oneida tribe, who has been in the book business for over 30 years.
Besides running the book shop, Paul publishes a nice pamphlet with poems, stories, and information on the Oneida Nation. His store carries a lot of material on Native Americans, along with general stock.
Of course, we were hungry when we arrived — so Paul sent us right next door to “The Pasty Koop,” owned by William & Kay Glass. Bill Glass was a friendly fellow, regaling us with lots of stories relating to the history of the “Cornish Pasty,” which was a pocket size pastry sandwich that miners in Cornwall, England used to carry with them into the mines. The tradition was brought to America, into the iron mining country of upper Michigan, northern Wisconsin, and Minneosta.
The shop had lots of interesting relics from the old mining days on display. Hanging on the wall is an old pair of snowshoes, made by Bill’s Grandfather:
After breakfast, we went back to Shenandoah Books, where we found a few Modern Library Editions and several other books that met our needs. While book hunting in this shop we met a nice gentleman named Dave Rich. Turns out he had lived in our home territory for about 20 years during the period he worked as an engineer for Kodak. We shared a few stories about Rochester and the Finger Lakes area of New York. Ironically, we ran into Dave and his wife about an hour later in a completely different town. We went into a bakery looking for directions, and there was Dave, sitting at a table reading a book! We continued the conversation from where we had left off at Shenandoah Books, learning that Dave and his wife now live in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area where I grew up, and our destination on this trip! Dave’s wife was popping into yarn stores in various towns while he was popping into book shops; I fully expect to run into Dave again!!
We set out across the middle of Wisconsin following Route 10 into Stevens Point, and located Blue Moon Books at 2182 Strongs Avenue.
This place is a hidden treasure trove of vintage books and refurbished antique lighting. multiple rooms packed with interesting books — we had a wonderful time here! The friendly proprietor is Steve Kirschling, who has been in the book business for about sixteen years.
Here are a few of the lovely books we purchased from Steve:
Thanks, Steve, for giving us a little extra time to shop, and for assisting us with directions to our next destination!
It was raining as we headed north out of Stevens Point and then West on Rte. 29 across Wisconsin. We arrived in Eau Claire, Wisconsin a little before 9:00pm It took us awhile to find a room for the night, but we settled in a nice hotel called The Plaza, had a later supper and fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows!
We intend to do a little book scouting here in Eau Claire today and then point the car toward the Minneapolis area, where we will be visiting my family.
Expect a blogging break for up to four or five days while I enjoy family time! We’ll catch you up on our way back East with more stories from the book hunting trail!