A Word from Our Proprietor, Gayle Bull
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So do we. In addition to offering possibly the largest selection of haiku in the United States, The Foundry Books hosts haiku workshops, retreats and festivals throughout the year. Sound interesting? Send us an email and we'd love to add you to our mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate Wisconsin & Our Local Authors
Although we carry a general stock, our other interest is in Wisconsin history and literature, including poetry and fiction, particularly those by local writers. We have books, maps and documents, plus a wide variety of pamphlets, broadsides, county histories, e.g., of Wisconsin interest.
Vintage Children's Books
We adore those too. You'll find everything from beloved early and first editions of children's classics to Dick and Jane, the Bobbsey Twins, Cherry Ames and more. Picture books illustrated by noted artists and scouts manuals too!
The Foundry Books was started in June 1995 by retired physician Dean Connors. Dean operated the bookstore until Spring 2002 when he turned operations over to Ken and Janet Wheaton. In May 2004 Dean sold The Foundry Books to us, Jim and Gayle Bull. (We had operated Paper Mountain Books in Mineral Point for 13 years prior to purchasing The Foundry Books.) At last, we had achieved our goal of owning, operating a bookstore and living in an old stone building in Mineral Point. Unfortunately, Jim did not live long enough to carry out all our goals and ambitions for The Foundry Books.
The name The Foundry Books comes from the original use of the 1847 stone building that houses the bookstore, the first Lanyon Foundry. Lanyon crafted iron equipment for lead and zinc mining, transportation, etc. Over the years, the building has held a livery, a feed store, a communal crafts center, and a pottery shop. At long last, it has achieved its true vocation — a BOOKSTORE!
Planning a Visit to Mineral Point?
This historic town, nestled in picturesque southwest Wisconsin, is rich with art galleries and studios, historic sites and architecture, thoughtfully produced foods and beverages, plus much, much more.