As we come to the end of 2014, we count our blessings and take stock of where we are. In those contemplations, it is with a heavy heart that I tell you this is the final issue of Journal of the Early Americas. But wait, you might be thinking, how can that be? Let me assure you it is not a decision we have taken lightly. The sad fact is that our renewals and new subscriptions have declined to the point that we cannot continue. We have been subsidizing the publishing costs through 2014, hoping the subscription problem would turn around, but the time has come to face facts. We are, “up a stump,” to use a term from one of this issues articles.
We have had many wonderful contributors over the last four years and the variety of subjects that have been submitted has been amazing. We feel honored to have been able to publish those articles. We have also been blessed to meet and feature many fine artists, museum and historical site staffs and dedicated re-enactors. Of course nothing could have happened without you, subscribers, and we sincerely thank you as well! This includes those of you who have stayed and renewed with us as well as you who may have just discovered us.
To wit, the publishing costs of this issue will again exceed the available funds. We do not wish to leave anyone with any ill feelings so I am proposing the following; we do have a large supply of back issues from the last four years and would be able to send those to current subscribers as funds allow. So, if you have favorite back issues or are missing some issues, we would be willing to send you as many as you have left on your subscription. Some issues are very limited in supply and could run out quickly, so those would be first come, first served. We also plan on attending some events and will have a subscriber list and back issues with us. At that time, we will also be happy to sit down and “parley.”
Email would be the fastest way to make your wishes known, otherwise please mail in your request. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org and the mailing address is: P.O. Box 63 Earlington, PA 18918.
Please remember your fellow man this holiday season and pray for peace. Again, we have sincerely appreciated your support over the last four years and please continue the conversation as you can.
Casey Criswell, Editor & Publisher