He is known for his pen-and-ink pictures of Riverside and his photography, but former Riversider Keith Burnham has taken his art a step further with a recently published book.

Burnham, raised in North Riverside, moved to Riverside when he married the former Joanne Gits. There the couple raised their family, spending summers and much of their time in Leland, Michigan, where the couple now reside. He retired after 32 years from International Harvester, where he was a design engineer, all the while spending his free time with his artistic endeavors in pen and ink drawings and photography. 

His Riverside scenes were sold during the village’s annual holiday stroll and were much sought after as they showed Riverside during another era and various seasons. He also did a map of Riverside that was a reflection of early times and people of the village back then.

 His journey to publishing The Leland Report, 15 years in the Leelanau Peninsula, was a “labor of love” and done with the aid of his son, Jim. It started when Burnham purchased a digital camera to keep in touch with his family by taking pictures daily and posting his photos on his website, lelandreport.com. 

The book, assembled by Jim Burnham, is a compilation of 5,500 posts and over 10,000 photos, including daily shots of Biscuit the dog, who has his own chapter called, the Biscuit Report. The book also includes two chapters written by Jim Burnham, plus contributions from other local writers. Keith Burnham was true to his project even while undergoing treatments for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, taking pictures from his back porch while he recuperated. He is proud to say he is now well.

The couple returns to Riverside from time to time to visit with family and friends — with a stop at Aunt Diana’s Fudge Shop, which was owned by Joanne Burnham’s late brother, Gerry Gits.

Those who are interested in learning more about the book or purchasing a copy can contact Jim Burnham at jim@lelandreport.com. You’ll also be able to learn how to subscribe and get Burnham’s daily email. This is an opportunity for those who remember the Burnhams to reconnect and send them information on their “hometown” about how things are progressing since they relocated to Michigan. 

Remember, Riverside will always be home, no matter where you may move to or go, and the welcome mat is always out.