February Special & President’s Day Blog

As President’s Day Holiday approaches, we are featuring a half-price sale on books about American Presidents (including First Ladies), Politics (including books by and about Cabinet members and other politicians) and Poetry  – the three P’s.
This includes Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, which inspired the Pulitzer-prize winning musical, “Hamilton”.  We have one copy available in hardcover, for under $20.
Chernow’s most recent biography is about Ulysses S. Grant. We do not have a used copy of that yet (it just appeared last October), but we do have other books about and by
U.S.Grant, including his Tour Around the World, which took him not 80 days, but 2 1/2 years, after his second term. We also have Grant’s own book, his PERSONAL MEMOIRS, “perhaps the most widely acclaimed of all American memoirs – New York Times, 2017.”

Story of the Marches, Battles and Incidents of the Third United States Colored Cavalry

Author: Main, Ed. M. (Major)
Story of the Marches, Battles and Incidents of the Third United States Colored Cavalry

Globe Printing Company, Louisville, KY 1908 – The 1st Mississippi Cavalry (African Descent) was organized October 9, 1863 to March 1, 1864 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Designation of Regiment changed to Third United States Colored Cavalry on March 11, 1864. Major Main became the regimental historian. These troopers saw a lot of action. Their attack against the Black River Bridge, on November 27, 1864, was lauded as “one of the most daring and heroic of the war. Two previous and well-organized attempts by some of the best troops in the department, had failed to dislodge the enemy and destroy this bridge. .”

This work is scarce in any edition. Note: rubber-stamped on rear blank, “E. Farley, Treasurer”. Lt. Edwin Farley was a founder and Treasurer of the Third U. S. Colored Cavaly Organization; BUT, he was also elected State Treasurer of Kentucky, His biography and photograph appear at pp. 124-5. Chapter 24 is Lt. Farley’s Reminiscences. Other photographic portraits of Company officers

Windows to the Past

Why are antique shops such a favorite destination and why should we continue to be excited about the “obsolete?” Because for “pickers” and collectors, the search is akin to an archeologist’s moment of discovery—the “Eureka” moment when you realize it isn’t just an old egg beater but that it was once a young woman’s kitchen helper. It was what she used each morning to prepare her family’s breakfast from the half-dozen eggs she had just collected from the backyard chicken coop. Antiques are a connection to the people of the past and present valuable lessons. Why buy something new when it simply duplicates the result of an older piece?

A young couple determined to create a comfortable home on a limited budget can really stretch their decorating dollars with used furniture and antiques. Poking around in shops and barns for bargains that can be refurbished is fascinating. There is so much rich history that has been discarded by previous generations. In the past century alone, mechanical objects were quickly replaced by electronics, and electric power took the place of human hands in the operation of woodworking tools, hair appliances and kitchen equipment.

This is the culture of those that go antiquing and that is the spirit we’re looking to encourage at The Bookworm. So please stop by our shop here in Wanatah to take a look at the excellent collection of windows into the past.

An Introduction to the Bookworm

Welcome to The Bookworm! Many of you may be joining us here for the first time and are wanting to know more about what the Bookworm is all about. Well, let us enlighten you! The Bookworm is located on US 30 just west of Wanatah. We are pleased to be one of the few antique stores in LaPorte County.

There are many rare items on our shelves that you will not find anywhere else. We have large collections of antique trinkets, ceramic figurines, art, glass decorations, and books from many eras in American history. We have classic hardbacks such as Moby Dick and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as well as a vast collection of historical texts dating back to the Civil War. Here at The Bookworm, you can find everything you need to finish your ceramic figures collection or find that perfect piece for your mantle. We have paintings for that empty spot on your wall or antique center pieces for the dining room table.

Or maybe you have some antiques that are taking up space around the house. Occasionally, we like to make additions of unique items to add to our displays. Please get in contact about assessing your estate or collections.

Thank you for reading, look for more posts to come in the future!