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Hello all

It's 2010, and a happy new year to you all. It's also time for a new history challenge. Once again it's modified based on what people said and how it went. ;)

1. I will send a postcard to anyone who finishes a batch and does the following:
2. PMs me with a list of visits/releases in their batch and an address. Please provide links!

How you keep track is up to you, this year.

The challenge:

-- Visit 12 historic places and leave a book at each one.

The details:

-- You define what is historic. It can be a historical marker, a castle, an old wall with a story. If you think it's historic, it's historic.

-- Releases don't have to be themed.

-- You can do as many batches of 12 as you want.

-- But don't forget, if you don't PM me, I can't send you a postcard.

See the 2009 history challenge thread for details on loose ends, missing prizes, there, etc. You can still claim a postcard.

** plug pluggy pluggety **
For those interested in history, this challenge grew up as an offshoot of the Markeroni Challenge on Markeroni.com. It challenges you to visit 25, 50 or 100 historical markers or designated historic sites with your mascot. Teachers take note that it's free for you if you take it with a class.

The basic site stuff, visiting historical markers/sites and the like, is free. I'm in the process of redesigning the site from the ground up, a long overdue process. Right now we cover (to some degree) NZ, AU, UK, IE, US and Canada. The Netherlands is next, hopefully before the April convention.

Fun with history



Welcome! Feel free to combine with other challenges, i.e. the releases don't have to be exclusive.


Tarna 10 yrs ago
I'm in!
Of course I am, I so love this challenge. :)

Edited to add that I forgot to THANK YOU for organising this again, WhiteRaven.


My pleasure. Thank you for diving in. :)


moonblue 10 yrs ago
I'm in
I didn't manage this last year and missed it. Hopefully I will be able to release more books this year. Seeing as I work in a museum and live in a town filled with historic places and sites I should be able to release 12 books.


Cool! I look forward to seeing where you get to.


But I'll try again this year.


Good for you :)


What's a good way to position a book at a historical marker?

I left one at the foot of a marker in 2008, but on the way home I started worrying that highway workers would think it was "litter" so I stopped and picked it up.

Is there a special technique you use, Whiteraven13?

Back on topic -- probably won't join this year but maybe in 2011!


No special technique. I usually put them in some kind of clear plastic bag and prop them up at the base. Or I find a park nearby and leave it on a bench.

You can join any time so if you change your mind later, come on down. :)


I think I'd like to have a go at this. I enjoy visiting historical places and am looking for someway to encourage myself to release more books. Do we contact you as we release each book/ batch, or near the end of the year when we're released as many as we think we will?


> I think I'd like to have a go at this. I
> enjoy visiting historical places and am
> looking for someway to encourage myself to
> release more books. Do we contact you as
> we release each book/ batch, or near the
> end of the year when we're released as
> many as we think we will?

You would post your releases, catches here for everyone to ooh & ah over, and send me a PM whenever you hit 12, with a list of 12 release entries, and your address for a postcard. :)

You can do as many twelves as you like.



Oooh the Piece Hall! I remember it well. I used to go to Halifax quite a lot. :)


Since I'm interested in history and there's several historical sites where I live, I just can't refuse this challenge.


Welcome. :)


This year, I plan to travel a little so I will probably visit more historic places.


wingwhiteraven13wing 10 yrs ago
Give it a shot. You can release several books on the same trip, which helps. :)



wingwhiteraven13wing 10 yrs ago
Good luck :)


abigailann 10 yrs ago
1st Release

Released Semi-Detached last night at Oxford Castle:



wingwhiteraven13wing 10 yrs ago
I wish you many catches. :)


abigailann 10 yrs ago
2nd release

Old Post Office, Wallingford: http://bookcrossing.com/---/releasedone


abigailann 10 yrs ago
3rd Release

Shadow of the Wind by a sign about Abbey Meadow's old abbey, Abingdon:



abigailann 10 yrs ago
4th Release


abigailann 10 yrs ago
5th Release

The church in Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire: http://bookcrossing.com/---/releasedone


Released on a steam train which was running through Oakworth Station at the time: http://bookcrossing.com/---/7927622


abigailann 10 yrs ago
7th release

Outside the ice house at Grey's Court- http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7846738


1. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7158722
An Instance of the Fingerpost, by Iain Pears
Released in Cape Town City Hall

2. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7771733
The Salt of Broken Tears, by Michael Meehan
Released in Koopmans-De Wet Huis

3. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/2157564
Wild Animus, by Rich Shapero
Released in South African Museum

4. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5641227
William McGonagall Meets George Gershwin, by Spike Milligan
Released in Company's Garden

5. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7782196
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken
Released in the South African National Gallery


Really cool! Thank you for the extra links, I'm off exploring now. :)


Ember39 10 yrs ago
I'm in
This is a great idea. Just the thing to get me back into releasing books. Thanks for the inspiration.


Welcome. Glad to see you here. :)


wingwhiteraven13wing 10 yrs ago
How's everyone doing?


Tarna 10 yrs ago
Re: *bump*
> How's everyone doing?
Waiting for the spring - I wanna release outdoors. I do have a plan already.


wingReetPetitewing 10 yrs ago
Release #1
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7222040 Released near the home of the Bronte family in Haworth


I learned to ride my motorbike in car parks in that neck of the woods. :)


2. The Visitor - Lee Child
statue of "The Man" Port William Scotland

3. Gallows view - Peter Robinson
memorial to the "Princess Victoria" Port Patrick Scotland


Way cool. :)


A Judgement in Stone was left amongst the old stone ruins of Chapel Finian...sadly a few hours later the heavens opened so I think this may have met a watery grave!



Gnoe 10 yrs ago
O Hai!
I thought the History Release Challenge wasn't going to continue in the new year... Hooray! You'll hear from me again :)


Glad to have you here. :)


#1 Halina: doen alsof ik iemand anders ben (Halina; Pretending To Be Someone Else) 23-01-2010 in the old Tivoli Garden * CAUGHT *

#2 The Jewel in the Crown 27-02-2010 in the ancient City Centre of Brussels (street running into the Grand Place)

#3 Now & Then 28-02-2010 in VINTAGE HOTEL Brussels * CAUGHT *

#4 Around the World in 80 Days in Atomium World Expo Centre


wingReetPetitewing 10 yrs ago
Release #2
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6462726 Released at Battle of Bosworth field


I'm planning to do this themed. I don't mean themed as in themed releases (book and release location go together) but as themed batches (all 12 release locations have somethinng in common).
The theme of my first batch is Finnish Civil War (1918) http://en.wikipedia.org/---/Finnish_Civil_War
The biggest battle took place in this city. Tampere has xo called Cultural Trails and one of them is Civil War themed Kapinaraitti (the Rebellion Trail). Most of these release locations are on the Rebellion Trail.

1. Älä nuolaise ennenkuin tipahtaa! http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6648140
Released April 24 at the Tampere 1918 exhibition. It tells about the Civil War and Battle of Tampere http://www.tampere.fi/---/tampere1918.html

2. Mustalla merkitty http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5281835
Released April 24 in the Tampella factory area by Kelloportti (the Bell Gate).
During the biggest battles and bombings, factory workers, engineers and also civilians were safe in basements of the Tampella factory buildings. http://www.panoraamakuvat.com/---/tampellanportti.htm

3. Muistojen vartija http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4542831
Released April 24 at Tampere Cathedral http://en.wikipedia.org/---/Tampere_Cathedral
The Cathedral gave shelter to refugees during the war.

4. Seitsenlokeroinen laukku http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6121033
Released April 24 at Johanneksen koulu (Johannes School) http://koulut.tampere.fi/johannes/
During the Civil War, it was a Red Cross hospital.

5. Äideistä parhain http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6307660
Released May 15 in Näsilinna, also known as Milavida II. Peter von Nottbeck, son of the Finlayson textile factory owner, and his family lived in a wooden villa called Milavida. In 1898, he had a new house - or a palace, really - built. The family lived there only about a year, because Mrs. v. Nottbeck died in childbirth in 1989. Her husband died next year. City of Tampere bought the place in 1905. They opened a restaurant and a boarding house in the old wooden Milavida, but the building was destroyed in a fire a few years later.
Näsilinna became Hämeen museo (Museum of Häme) in 1908. During the Civil War, it was the Headquarters of the Reds, and the Whites finally succeeded to conquer it on April 4, 1918.
For the last 12 years Näsilinna (and, of course, the Museum) has been closed. They’re starting the restoration this year and the Museum should be reopened to the public in 2012. It is, however, now rented out for some cultural events or such. Right nowm there’s an art exhibition presenting works of 18 graduating artists. I visited there last night, on the Night of Museums.

6 Anna ystävämme http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8086889/
Released June 30 by Tammelan koulu (Tammela School). During the Civil War, some Red troops were accommodated there. The school became later an important fort for the Red defence.

7 Kotiopettajattaren romaani http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8113768/
Released August 26 at the Kalevankangas cemetery. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia
The true Battle of Tampere began on 28 March, later called the "bloody Maundy Thursday" on the eve of Easter 1918. The battle for Tampere was fought between 16,000 White and 14,000 Red soldiers. It was the decisive action of the war and the largest military engagement in Scandinavian history to that point. It was Finland's first urban battle, fought in the Kalevankangas graveyard and from house to house in the city as the Red Guards retreated. The battle, lasting until 6 April 1918, was the bloodiest action of the war.

8 Kohtaaminen http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8224470/
Released in front of Tampereen Teatteri, Tampere Theatre. The building stand on the east side of Keskustori, the Central Square. After the Whites took over the theatre building on April 4, there were firefights between the theatre house and City Hall, which was held by the Reds.

9 Toinen totuus http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8163289/
Released by Raatihuone, the City Hall on the west side of the Central Square. During the Civil war, the were Red offices, the militia and Red hospital in the City Hall.

10 Kivikello http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3163294/
Releaset by Tirkkosen talo, the Tirkkonen House. Heated fights took place here after the Whites advanced to the Center on April 4.

11 Kättä päälle, Vasco da Gama http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8224476/
Released by Vapaudenpatsas, the Statue of Liberty. It’s not on the Rebellion Trail because it represents the winners, but it tells about the Civil War too.

12 Kivaa kuin kissanraadolla http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7570753/
Released in front of the former Technical School. The students were active in White Guards and fought on the White side. During the war, the Reds took over the building. On March 28, one of their grenades exploded and their commander-in-chief, Hugo Salmela was lethally wounded in the explosion. The Reds moved their cadre downtown after that.


One of our Cultural Trails is named after Wivi Lönn, one of the first and, IMO, the most prominent one among Finnish female architects. She was the fifth female student ever to graduate in architecture and also the first independently practising female architect in this country, the first one to have her own architectural firm. Wivi Lönn was born here in Tampere and she's also buried here. http://en.wikipedia.org/---/Wivi_L%C3%B6nn
Most of the releases locations are buildings designed by her. Most of them are also on the Wivi Lönn Trail.

#1 Tanssii susien kanssa http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7567097
Released April 24 in front of the Tampere Fire Station designed by Wivi Lönn. http://www.panoraamakuvat.com/---/paloasema.htm

#2 Välisarjan avioliitto http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7754065
Released April 24 and _caught_ before I got home to make the release note :D Release location is the old Business School building designed by Wivi Lönn. http://www.aamulehti.fi/---/5940803-big.jpg
These first two release locations are also the Rebellion Trail visiting places.

#3 Se ei ole totta... http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7834887
Released April 27 at Tampereen talouskoulu (Tampere School of home economics). If you're interested, you'll see pictures in here (there's also a link to a 15 second long video) http://www.kirjasto.oulu.fi/---/index.html
When Wivi Lönn was assigned to design the building, she travelled to Sweden to explore modern kitchens etc. She also explored the action in the school by attending classes there. Space planning was done in terms of the school operation.

#4 Tyttö Monrepoon nurkalta http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7880529
Released at Pyynikin koulu, orig. Tampereen suomalainen tyttökoulu (Tampere Finnish school for girls) http://www.yksityiskoulut.fi/---/tampereentytto.htm
To Wivi Lönn, designing this building was the first and also the satisfying assignment. Also, with this assignment her career as independent architect got started.
[When making the release note, I realised this release has another historical value, too. Today, it's the National Veteran Day in Finland. And the book sets in Viipuri (Vyborg) in 1939, ends after Soviet Union has invaded Finland, the Winter War has begun, Soviets have bombed the city of Viipuri, and the protagonist is evacuated to Western Finland. - Well, we lost our utmost international and multicultural city to Soviet Union. When visiting Viipuri for the first time in late sixties, I remember an Inturist (Soviet travelling agency) guide calling Vyborg "an old Russian city". They used to do that. - Also my family history is included in this book & release. Both my parents come from Viipuri islands. In the Continuation war, my father defended those islands and was wounded there.]

#5 Aurora ja Molly http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8081400/
Released June 27 by Aleksanterin koulu (Aleksanteri or Alexander School), designed by Wivi Lönn.

#6 Kuinka Sepontyttö vapautti taivaanvalot http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8163590/
Released at the Kalevankangas cemetery close to the place where Wivi Lönn was buried.

#7 The Call of the Wild http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6032296/
Released at # 27 street Puutarhakatu. Nowadays there’s only one building in the block, Tampere City Library. On the Puutarhakatu side, there used to be the house where Wivi lived at the time she went to school. Wivi’s mother, Mathilda Lönn, rented a flat there for her and her four children after the death of her husband.

#8 Arabian Nights http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5653113/
Released at the corner of streets Näsilinnankatu and Puutarhakatu. Wivi was one of the first pupils at Tampereen suomalainen tyttökoulu (Finish School for Girls), and the first school building was here.

#9 Neuvoton sukupolvi http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/1733229/
Released at the Lapinniemi area near # 4 street Lapinniemenranta. In 1912, Wivi Lönn designed there two storey one family house for the Lavonius family. Magnus Lavonius was the superintendent of the Lapinniemi textile factory. I think the Lavonius house belongs nowadays to the Lapinniemi Spa (it’s in the old factory building) and it’s a kind of office building or something like that. Anyway, the building is still standing there.

#10 Kertoisinko poliisille http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8228672/
Released by # 25 street Hallituskatu. It was the address of Tampereen teollisuuskoulu (Tampere Industrial School). Wivi Lönn was privately (in a one-on-one interaction) tutored there because it wasn’t appropriate for a woman to study among male students.

#11 Viimeisestä talosta http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6584068/
Released in front of the Olán house designed by Wivi Lönn.

#12 Apua, ryöstö! http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8226438/
Released in Pirkkala town by the front door of Nuolialan koulu (Nuoliala School) designed by Wivi Lönn.


Congratulations! Tarna, until this week I wasn't getting any emails from BookCrossing. Whatever the issue is, may have been cleared up. If you already sent your address for a postcard, I apologise, but I never received it. You can try PMs again, or get hold of me here:



No need to apologize, the fault is mine
I totally forgot to inform you. But I did PM you a second ago.

Thanks for the lovely challenge!


http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7797712 Released in the Roman Gardens in Chester
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3754795 Released at Industrial Revolution Cotton mill
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/3754786 Released at Dunham Massey, Georgian House & NT property


I intend to release at pubs that are listed as heritage pubs because of their historical significance or classic interiors - http://www.heritagepubs.org.uk/---/national-inventory-intro.asp & also at old houses, etc (mostly National Trust I suppose)

1 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7313110 - The Anchor, Digbeth, Birmingham, UK [ http://www.heritagepubs.org.uk/---/national-inventory-entry.asp ] on 26th Feb 2010

2 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7838351 - Black Horse, Preston, Lancs, Uk [http://www.heritagepubs.org.uk/---/national-inventory-entry.asp ] on 14th March 2010

3 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7705219 - Tyntesfield Abbey (NT), nr Bristol, UK on 8th April 2010

4- http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7867540 - Smeaton's Lighthouse, Plymouth, Devon, UK on 9th April 2010

5- http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6185020 - Lanhydrock (NT), Cornwall, UK on 10th April 2010 - CAUGHT

6 - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7048218 - Crown Posada, Newcastle on Tyne, Tyne & Wear, Uk on 8th June 2010.
[http://www.heritagepubs.org.uk/---/national-inventory-entry.asp ]

7- http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8136621 - Melford Hall (NT), Suffolk, UK on 6th August - CAUGHT


wingReetPetitewing 10 yrs ago
Release #6
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8040311/ Release at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich


1. Statue given to the England for their help in World War II, located on the enbankment in London, across from the Obelisk:
2. The Tower of London:
3. The London Tower Bridge:
4. Christchurch College, Oxford, England:
5. Oxford, England:


5 Little Altars everywhere released at Loch Doon Castle in Carrick forest Scotland

& 6 Well-schooled in Murder released in the grounds of Galloway House Garlieston Scotland


wingReetPetitewing 10 yrs ago
Release #7
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8023621/ Released at the Framework Knitters' Museum in Ruddington, Notts.


6. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8046702
Kill for Me by Karen Rose
Released along Government Avenue, in front of Parliament building


http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7949806 Released at Nostell Priory in West Yorkshire


wingPlum-crazywing 9 yrs ago
Release 7
Envy of a Stranger - Caroline Graham


Released at the Tolbooth in Kirkcudbright


http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8115575/ Released at National Trust property Wightwick Manor


6. McFadden Pier, Newport Beach, CA
7. California History Building (#50) Old Town, San Diego, California


Tarna 9 yrs ago
Finished both rounds today :D

It was fun again. Thanks, WhiteRaven13!


#10 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6117792 Released at English Heritage property Kirby Hall, Northants.

#11 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8276613 Released at Cliveden, Bucks

#12 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8280974/ Released at Polesden Lacey, Surrey

#13 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8276611/ Released at Hughenden Manor, Bucks

#14 http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8277103/ Released at Clandon Park, Surrey


Yippee! You did it. :)


Thanks WhiteRaven13. I enjoyed taking part.


8 Blue List Australia released at the Whithorn Story visitors center & caught before I even had chance to do release notes :o)



7. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8133447
The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank by Ellen Feldman
Released near the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

8. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8185487
Le vivier by Henri Troyat
Released on the Eiffel Tower in Paris

9. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7990904
The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Ruig
Released near the entrance of the Louvre Museum in Paris

10. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/813339
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (Dutch version)
Released in the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague

11. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7130659
Grave Secrets by Charlaine Harris
Released in The Hague Historical Museum

12. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8074743
Sophie Scholl and the White Rose by Annette Dumbach and Jud Newborn
Released in the Resistance Museum in Amsterdam

And I've completed the challenge this year!


It arrived yesterday and looks lovely. You really saved my day. Thanks!
PM'd you too.


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