January 25, 2010

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Author Allan Wenzel of “Alpine on the Lake”
to visit for meet and greet

Popular historian and genealogist to appear for book reading at Skagit Valley Genealogical Society

SEATTLE, WA – The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society will host Northwest author Allan R. Wenzel on Tuesday, April 27 for a lecture and signing event. The best-selling local author recently released a new book, “Alpine on the Lake: A History of the People of Lake Cavanaugh and Alpine Village.”

Wenzel, a resident of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, spent more than a year researching and compiling the information about the tiny Skagit County village. The book primarily deals with the beginning history of the lake and the small town of Alpine, dating between 1890-1910.


“I grew up spending my summers on the lake and it has been a dream of mine to sit down and compile the stories I heard while growing up,” Wenzel says. “This book will be fascinating, not just to people who live on or near Lake Cavanaugh, but to any historians who want to learn more about life at the turn of the century.”

Wenzel, a noted historian for more than 20 years, has written more than a dozen books and has been published in a variety of magazines. He is a University of Washington graduate and has worked as a public school teacher, college instructor, records manager and Boeing engineer. He was recently appointed as the Awards Archivist for the Washington State Society of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

His 111-page book is compiled with back-stories regarding the first residents, to maps and exact locations of the first homesteader’s land plots – complete with black and white documentary photographs.

“Men and women from all over the world came to settle by this beautiful lake,” Wenzel says. “It was no coincidence.”

The lecture, which starts at 8 p.m., will allow time for a meet-and-greet and book signing. The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society meets at the Senior Center at 1011 Greenleaf, Burlington, WA. “Alpine on the Lake” is priced at $25/plus tax and shipping, and can be ordered online at


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