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About The Book

     The classic charm of American Samoa's past can be seen interwoven throughout this transformation in paradise at the turn of the 20th century in PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE in American Samoa (circa 1910). The Fitafita (on the cover) is a precursor to American Samoa's patriotism as shown by the many Samoans who have served in the United States Armed forces. 

      In an indigenous Samoan art class at American Samoa Community College taught by Reggie Meredith, Karen Wheat learned about the fine art of siapo (tapa design), Samoan mat making, and Samoan pottery. There is a chapter on siapo design and art included in Karen's book. The Editor, John Enright, was also the American Samoan Historical Preservation Officer (retired) and is an independent established editor and author of both fiction and poetry. Alison Nordstrom PhD, an Independent Scholar of Photographs of all kinds, also contributed to PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE in American Samoa (circa 1910) and both Ms. Nordstom and Mr. Enright wrote contributions within this book.

      Karen Wheat has been working and researching this finally published project off and on for the past eighteen years, and it has brought her the joy of getting to know the Samoan people, the Samoan culture and the history of the United States Territory of American Samoa.


PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE in American Samoa (circa 1910) can be purchased for $29.99 through Amazon. This 2nd Revised Edition is on better quality paper and the illustrations are now made with a semi-gloss ink within this book. For orders of two or more books, please contact Karen at picturesofchangeinparadise.com for a special rate and purchase via PayPal or fill out the form below. amazon books historical photos

A Fitafita or also known as an American Samoan guardsman in uniform, circa 1910.
A Fitafita or also known as an American Samoan guardsman in uniform, circa 1910.

 A percentage of the net proceeds earned will be donated to the Feleti Barstow Public Library in American Samoa. 

Anotherpercentage of the net proceeds earned will be donated to book amazon books historical photos Tri-Cities Kiwanis, Grand Haven, MI

Now 'On Call' for research at the Library of Congress!

     PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa (1st revised edition) was selected for hard cover binding in 2017 by the Library of Congress (LOC) in Washington, D.C. for the public to read and research in the Jefferson and Adams Reading Rooms at the LOC as a nonfiction reference book!​  This older edition is not in print.

     Both the 1st and 2nd revised editions highlight the recovered 100 year-old photo album and showcase 52 black & white pictures (enhanced professional photos, circa 1910) plus 3 more from her family collection.  The 2nd revised edition continues to include 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. 

     Karen is honored to have her publication included in the Library of Congress book stacks.

       Karen’s 17.57 minute radio interview below occurred in February 2018 with John Raynar, at 93KHJ in American Samoa (AS). Justin Maga, Territorial Librarian, also reflects on my book, PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa (1st Revised Edition which is shown above at the Library of Congress). Please note that the book signing mentioned there at the Feleti Barstow Public Library, AS, has already occurred. This interview is also a good summation of the newer 2nd Revised Edition offered on this site entitled PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE in American Samoa (circa 1910). The 2nd Revised Edition offered on Amazon is printed on better quality paper along with semi-gloss text and illustrations in which the 1st Revised Edition does not have. amazon books historical photos

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93KHJ Radio interview

Author: Karen Wheat 

Independent Editor: John Enright 

Freelance Graphic Designers in Michigan: Nancy Karas and Todd Johnson 

Contributor: Alison Nordstrom PhD, Independent Photography 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

Web Designer: Angela Sorensen, Grand Haven, MI


ISBN - 13: 978-0-9979995-1-8     ISBN - 10: 0-9979995-1-9

​LCCN#: 2019901219        LC Classification DU819.T8 W44 201     

   Dewey Classification#: 996.13 book amazon books historical photos

About The Author

     Karen Wheat lives in western Michigan with her husband, Richard Meads. She is the mother of four adult children and grandmother to seven grandchildren.  She is a graduate of Northwood University with a degree in Executive Secretarial Science.  Karen has traveled to American Samoa numerous times interviewing the people there concerning the photos, researching and taking part and enjoying cultural events while happily living in the village of Leone for extended periods of time.  In an indigenous Samoan art class taught by Reggie Meredith she learned about the fine art of siapo (tapa design), Samoan mat making and Samoan pottery.


     It is Karen's hope that the photographs in this book facilitate the preservation of the fine art of siapo, the weaving of fine mats, siva dancing and music, traditional oratory skills, the kava ceremony and the patriotism of those who serve in the United States military.  Four of the buildings in the Dwyer Collection are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  


     Karen is grateful to have had this meaningful cultural experience, this opportunity to share it with the public and to hand-down this book to her family especially. amazon books historical photos

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Reviews & Awards

A positive review by Kirkus Reviews for PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE.

Kirkus Reviews

      "​​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."​ book amazon books historical photos

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Non Fiction Book Awards - Bronze Winner

      Karen Wheat was the Bronze Award Winner for History in 2017 by the Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA) for her first revised edition of PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa. This award label was placed on this second revised edition of PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE in American Samoa (circa 1910) with the title shortened. book amazon books historical photos

Nonfiction Authors Assocation Bronze Award for History
Nonfiction Authors Assocation Bronze Award for History

 A percentage of the net proceeds earned will be donated to the Feleti Barstow Public Library in American Samoa. 

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