"​​A recovered family photo album showcases the early days of American Samoa under a naval administration from 1907 to 1913.  Wheat's debut collection is a passionate combination of the personal and historical, culminating in her investigations into a family album of 52 black-and-white photographs and tales of an "Uncle Dwyer" who spent time in the American Samoa islands."​

Kirkus Reviews


​​At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa©

by Karen Wheat

Illus. 8. Taupou of Leone©

Illus. 18. Samoan Belles©

Illus. 44. A Tulafale©

​​​​​​​​​​Collection of 55 Rare Historical Photos of American Samoa in Book Form

​'ON CALL' at the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS and Stanford University!

​Also, PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa  ​has been selected for hard cover binding (currently in process) by the Library of Congress for inclusion on accessible stacks in the Jefferson and Adams Reading Rooms and also available 'on call' at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  

This book highlights a recovered photo album and showcases 52 black & white pictures (enhanced professional photos) plus 3 more from her family collection which are inclusive of Photo Galleries of Ceremonial & Traditional Dress, Places, Landscape, Historic Buildings, the Fitafita (Island Naval Military) and the U.S. Naval Station, Tutuila, Pago Pago, American Samoa, circa 1910. This book also highlights the Fine Art of Siapo (tapa) by an American Samoa Community College Art Teacher.  

Author: Karen Wheat
Independent Editor: John Enright
Free-Lance Graphic Designers in Michigan: Nancy Karas and Todd Johnson
Contributor: Alison Nordstrom Phd, Independent Scholar
Contributor: John Enright American Samoa Historic Preservation Officer, retired 
Illustrator of Siapo: Regina (Reggie) Meredith Professor of Art at American Samoa Community College, MFA from San Diego State University

ISBN - 13: 978-0-9979995-0-1

ISBN - 10: 0-9979995-0-0

​LCCN#: 2016915985         LC Classification DU819.T8 W44 2016

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